Monte Verde, Cabo Verde

Monte Verde is the highest point of San Vincente island. It is about 750 meters high.

After 2 hours walking in Mindelo, we’ve realized that there’s nothing more to watch, so we’ve decided to go to explore another part of the island. We’ve hired a taxi which driven us to this mountain. Such taxi-tour was rather cheap and costed for about 20 euros, but the landscape was really stunning, so it was totally worth it. As a bonus, you’ll get a safari in the poor districts and slums.

Making the first stop at the altitude about 500 meters above sea level.

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Moving to the next viewpoint. 670 meters above sea level.

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There is a few abandoned houses on the mountain. Perhaps they remained from the colonial times. Some people live in them.

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There is no toilet in such houses. When one needs it, he just walks away from the house and does his stuff. There won’t be a photo-proof.

Moving forward. About 720 meters above sea level. The driver doesn’t want to go upper, perhaps, because of the bad road. But you can always climb by yourself.

The views from the top are totally stunning. The photos can’t reflect all the beauty of the place.

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On the top, there is something like radio station, surrounded with a fence. The strangers are banned from entering it.

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Some time ago, Monte Verde was “verde”.

There were cabbages.

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There were peas.

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There were tomatoes.

IMG_5897.JPGThere was dill.

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There were cucumbers.

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There was fertility. But now everything is abandoned.

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When a taxi goes back, the driver beeps almost any time. There is a lot of hairpin bends, and the road is often too thin to accomodate two cars at the same time.

 

 

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Carnival repetition in Mindelo, Cabo Verde

Mindelo is famous for its’ carnivals, which are considered one of the most bright carnivals in Africa. I didn’t attent the main carnival, but its’ (?repetition) also impresses.

So… Let’s see faces of Mindelo!

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There will be videos, too. But first I need to get to the faster internet connection.

 

Social Ads in Mindelo, Cabo Verde

I do like social ads painted by hand, because they can reflect the athmosphere of the place very much (at least for me). And of course, you won’t find them in more or less developed countries, so it is also not very easy to find them.

So today we have painted social ads in Mindelo!

Protect turtles.

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Clean the beaches.

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Health, order and wellbeing.

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Combat against desertification.

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Protect the nature.

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Healthy present and future.

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Use waste containers.

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Do not pollute.

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Stop water pollution.

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Something strange.

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But athmospheric.

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Mindelo, Cabo Verde

Mindelo is the first city I have visited in Cabo Verde, and in Africa at all.

Though it is the main city of the island, it looked rather forlorn place.

And old car.

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Calm streets in the centre.

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The town is a seaport. There’s a lot of ships in the ocean.

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Street-art.

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All social ads are painted by hand. There will be a separate post about social ads in Mindelo.

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There’s a rather good beach though.

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Mindelo is “the” Africa. The hostel didn’t have hot even water, not to say about internet. There were ants in the room and cockroaches in the kitchen. This is more like how the locals live everyday. Also, a few dogs and cats lived on the territory of the hostel.

A veterinary hospital. It has just a few rooms.

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The hospital owners are a few italians. Previously, there was no veterinary hospital on the island at all.

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The same people also have an animal shelter for the homeless dogs and cats. Perhaps, it would be better for the animals. People in Mindelo, especially children seem to be very cruel to dogs and cats. When we walked outside in the evening, we’ve seen a group of children killing a dog by bare hands.

No hot water in the hostel is not so bad, because at some cafes there’s no water at all.

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Leaving the city centre.

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People on Cape Verde use donkeys in the household.

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Closed fish market.

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People take bath in a bay.

 

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Closer to the evening, there was a small carnival in the town. There will be a separate post about it.

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So there are also events and things to see. Stay tuned.