No stress

Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
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Trip End Mar 03, 2006


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Thursday, February 9, 2006

No stress. No stress. This is the local saying that is spray painted onto anything. And it's true, Cabo verde has its own timezone, pace of life and no stress attitude that is very similar to that of the Caribbean.
A typical Cabo verdean day seems to consist of getting up at 6, helping the fishermen set off, heading to the bakery and buying a huge sack of fresh bread rolls, and then the next few hours are spent waiting for the men to arrive back with their daily catch of fish. Once the fish is brought off the boats, (this can take up to an hour, after a few games of cards), the fish is divided up so their familys and restaurants have enougth and the rest is sold to tourist, depending on how big their catch is depends on the price you pay. For example 1kg of tuna or blue marlin is 3 euros for a tourist. We have learnt it is more cost effective to buy a whole tuna fish for 10 euros. After this the locals have small siesta and then appear again nearer 4 o clock to play in steel bands that fill the streets with music. After dark the bars open and the reggae music continues all night past midnight.
On our first day we were itching to find the best kite beach. We were given directions to walk in a straight line in a NE direction....and then we found out its local name 'Shark beach'....!!! After 30 minutes walk over a lunar like landscape of sand dunes, salt pans and scrub land we spotted a kite! (hurray we were on the right track). This made us pick up the pace in the heat and within no time we had arrived at shark beach where we were greeted with 15 knots of wind and more kites than we could count. The folloing day we got a lift in a pick up truck and went out kitesurfing.
The following few day the wind had dropped to 10 knots, not enougth for kitesurfing so we spent many hours dangling our legs off the rickedly old pier trying to catch fish. we didnt catch anything.
At the western end of santa maria beach is a large ship wreck where there is good surfing point break. The wave although its looks quite hollow is actually a really nice size for surfing.
So all in all, cabo verde is fantastic place if you like wind surfing/kitesurfing/surfing/and eating fish!

Ps dont leave your wetsuits to drip dry outside or you'll get them nicked. ours were nicked last night :-( cold kitesurfing from now on.....
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