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... in front. We then headed off to the main town beach. It was a really nice beach with a beautiful sea but we had no idea whether the water was cold or warm. There were also no beachside cafes or bars, so it was quite underdeveloped. I don't know if this is a good thing or bad thing. We then strolled back to the ship. Mindelo was more picturesque and interesting than we had imagined but the islands are poor. There is huge potential but no idea what the future ...
... some chocolates and the ship's lapel pins.
“I'm nine-years-old,” said one of
the girls after we asked her. “And my brother is seven-years-old,”
Our friend, Mr. Wonderful, gave them
US dollar bills and their eyes got wider and they said thank you
again before we ...
... fishing rights. It is a tale we have heard across West Africa. The Chinese seem to have a finger in everyone's pie.
In the afternoon we took a trip out to the old Cidade Velha. We saw the enormous fort overlooking this village, and finished the day perfectly by wandering round ancient cobbled streets with names like Rue de Banana followed by a drink overlooking the sea.
... No fancy air conditioned coaches here, but small mini buses, our guide, Walter, had studied in Boston USA and was now back in his homeland attending university to become an English teacher. He was softly spoken but when you did catch what he had to stay it was very interesting.We took a walk through the cobbled streets passed old buildings with a lot of character but in desperate need of renovation in particular the military base which looked more like a scene from The ...
... whole crop of maize failed. They therefore have to import 90% of their food. Even their own fishing industry cannot sustain them as their fishing rights have been taken away from them and their abundant supply of fish from the deep ocean around them ends up costing them more than imported chicken.
Farmers struggle to keep their land irrigated to grow enough vegetables for themselves and market and many farmers have goats, a few cows ...