Hotel Sabura Ponta Preta
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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 ...
... 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 ...
... cloudy, with drizzle and wind inhibiting sun baking and swimming to some extent. Our travel mates from Europe and the UK are more disappointed than we are, as they so crave the sun. We have become adept at finding a sheltered spot on deck and books in hand, lazing on recliners have remained perfectly happy and slothful –stirring occasionally to take an amble around, seek out a coffee or gelato or generally just enjoy the festive atmosphere. I have managed to continue my ...
- Stopped in Cape Verde Islands, traveled southwest and reached the coast of Brazil towards Cape St. Augustine
- The rest of the voyage was disrupted but claimed to continue South
... in Brasil afterwords people we didn't know would randomly yell ..' U-GANDA' at us!
On the 10th of November we crossed the equator - MSC had a Baptism by Neptune cermony to mark the occasion which involved having a ladle of water poured on your head and then kissing an octupus. I just watched ;)