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Cape Verde

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  • A good morning in Praia, a bit cloudy but that made it not too hot. Breakfast opened at 7 and our cab also leaves at 7.... here that means that we are not allowed to touch the food or the drinks that is already been put on the buffet. Typically for here they don't take a single step faster than they need to. But the good thing ;-) the Cab also came to late haha. At 7:40 so that gave us change to have breakfast. When the cab was on the move he even took a de-tour to get some supplies haha. Why not... we leave at 9:00 and maybe will be later also if it's like everything here ;-). But actually we arrived at the airport and got our boarding tickets in our hands even before we were in a queue. Straight through customs they scanned my bag 2 times... but all was good ;-). Only an half hour to wait and it was not landed yet. It landed and it had to be an old school air plane with propeller engines which my brother knows all the details off. Really hot and small from the inside ( it was already filled when we boarded) from the 40 that had my cancelled flight I think only 5 of 6 were left and going to Boa Vista like me. You actually feel like friends travelling together haha. At 9:20 we took off and instead of air conditioning they spray some sanitiser everywhere in the air. It was only a very short flight because in 30 minutes I arrived at Boa Vista.
    Within another 20 minutes I already could give my family a hug before I could get my bag. So when my backpack came I said goodbye to my fellow travellers and grabbed my backpack and really could go with the whole family. To the last hotel and an all-inclusive one to finish it off in a bit more luxury. A cocktail in the hand and a few stories to start off with. A quick look at the beach and a good lunch but not to much rest because we had a dive planned at 14:00 haha. A nice way to start exploring ;-). The dive was a bit messy due to the bad visibility and the over concerned divemasters. The dive for the rest was perfectly fine, but actually being under water is always a awesome feeling so I really enjoyed this especially with my brother as buddy :). Nice and tired we arrived back on the beach and we had a little show of how Cape verdean bring a boat to shore. They just go full speed and surf it 10 meters through the sand almost in the Dive shop haha. Crazyyyyy.
    Now it was time for tea and a few cocktails after this but not to much for diner and the dives tomorrow. It's wonderful to eat with family again and to share nice stories with loved ones back and forth. After all this talking eating and drinking they had a funny show in the hotel and after that it was time for a very relaxing sleep :D.
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  • I woke up in the air above the Cape verdean Islands and the funny thing was that I heard the Captains call that we were going to descent for landing and at that moment the Stewardesses came by to give us breakfast. A quick meal I could use and I must say, I never seen those ladies work that fast, respect for them.
    My arrival in Praia, I can really notice that this is Afrika. You are not allowed to take photo's at the airport I already got a warning.Than after walking over the airfield they send me in the wrong queue, so I stepped to the right one myself because I knew I needed a visum.
    More people came after they were send away when they checked the passports.
    It took 4 minutes per person what took all together 40 minutes to get to the visa desk
    I had to pay 40 dollars for a visa sticker when it had to be around 25 euro's... and they had no change so it became 50 dollars suddenly. Well keep the change grrr. Typical and after 5 days it got worse (I found out that they forgot to stamp the visum).
    My luggage was looped so no worries for that but at customs they asked me this stupid questions and started discussing if they should check me or not. Thank god they didn't, all these checks only to prove they have authority here. From here I went to the Capo Verde office and believe it or not, they were prepared. Buses stood ready to transport us to the hotel.
    First they wanted me in the 1st bus, than I checked my name on a list and got in the second. 5min later they wanted me in the third. After waiting for almost an hour finally we were full and ready to go... but no... it's like Afrika ;-) we drove 10meters and stopped again. 3 persons could fit in extra... yeah why not. So totally packed we moved through the center of Praia and going out of the center again. I think this was the party area since after checkin in I heard actually good music and tried to find it but after seeing more and more thugs and villains I decided to get some sleep and fast forward this day ;-). My hotel had free lunch at 2 so I joined that and heard they had rehearsals for the party tonight. That explained, I went for dinner at 9 with Guillaume who was from France living in Dakar and had the same cancelled flight. We were having some beers somewhere in a dark corner of Praia because the club that was already open but did not start before 12. They didn't even like to sell us a beer at 10:30, so why are your doors open and why are they not thinking about earning some money. They stick to stupid rules everywhere not thinking or walking a millimetre faster than they have to.
    We called it a day and got safely back around 11:30. I rather went to sleep than to wait for a an empty party to start, the day was exciting enough and I looked forward to see my family again and this includes my friend Abou Dia who has nothing in common (except colour ;-) ) with these few Cabo Verdeans that I met that stick to rules and are so short sighted. The music started when I got to bed, with only hearing these nice beats I fell a sleep in no time :D.
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  • Off course we go nice and early to see the bottom of the sea. If you can, you just do it, right? So at 7:30 we had breakfast and almost an hour later we were in the boat heading to Shark point. We were keeping an eye out for Bullsharks that could be around. Maybe they had seen us but we didn't see them, we were to busy with diving underneath a rock bridge. A lot of life out there and the dive was much more relaxed than last one, everybody went his own way and kept an eye on the dive leader. We saw some lobsters, nice big schools of fish, a blue snail, some eels of which one was yellow and we could follow it for a while snaking between rocks. Nice footage from 2 angles ;-). After this dive we went to a wreck and allthough it was quite big you couldn't really enter the ship it was to molested inside. It was a nice view from outside and it blocked the current a bit. The tidewaves pulled you back and forth so we had to watch were you swam. Some metal pieces could be a piercing spear if a wave threw you on it. The wreck was an old fishing ship, the hole for the fish was in tact and all the equipment around it showed the purpose of the ship. A lot of fish and crawling creatures gathered around these things because it is perfect shelter for predators :-). During the dives I made some nice gopro movies and when I looked at one I was filming a blow up fish (koffervis) and suddenly I saw that I had an octopus and an other creature in the picture as well. I never noticed them under water but they are definitely there haha awesome.
    The boat dropped us at the beach, well almost, we had to swim the last 50meters. Fine with me and as the first I could clean my stuff also quite quickly. I got my bag with my phone that I left on the boat back after this and we had lunch. When I came to my room after this I noticed my phone came wet out of the bag. Waterproof as it is I dried it but it was shut down. So I checked the battery and sadly there was water inside also. This was the end of my world trip and the end of my phone grrr.. thankfully most data is stored on the sd card but some apps run on local storage and don't synchronise online.
    Bad luck but distraction was at hand. We had planned a quad tour across the island. The cabdriver was annoyed because he planned to much and our delay did not fit his schedule. So we got another and drove to the quad dealer. With all the papers signed we were ready to go on 6 quads 1 for each and the guide with Abou our personal guide ;-). We had a great time and I already started drifting around but had to stay in line also. So I watched the guide and when he did not look I tried my weird stuff that I learned in Greece ;-).
    We visited nice beaches and a cave with Abou, we went through small villages and over very smooth and steep dunes. Awesome to gain some speed on the beach and overtake Rineke and my Mom ;-). After this cool quad trip we were looking like very tanned criminals and got our stuff together to go wash the filth of our faces. My father tried to bring the borrowed helmet to add to the criminality and when I warned the tour guide about his cunning plan we had to laugh when the guide asked if he was aware of his actions by making a joke about 1 head to much in the car pointing at the helmet. Haha it's funny if your head is somewhere else and the head you are holding is someone else's haha. After showering it was finally real cocktail time and we could drink some more because there was no diving tomorrow ;). Yesterday's diner was at the Chinese / Japanese en today it was at the main restaurant so food was even more diverse ;-). I fixed my old phone so I had something to keep in contact with and after our evening drinks it was time to rest and be thankful for this great day :D.
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  • Diving is done because Max has to fly home today... so what is left? Tennis :D let's play some tennis and because it gets hot here we do it early morning. From 8 to 9 I could catch up a little bit of this sport that I used to do every week and now only did once in Early beach. It went all right but I miss the nice gravel courts at home. After breakfast and some relaxing at the beach we said goodbye to Max and Rineke again. The second time that I say goodbye to Max in one world trip haha, he must be thinking that I just like to stick around haha. Well it's only 2 more days. After lunch we had another excursion. Lead by our one and only Abou Dia who showed us a very cool Wreck at the beach. At the wreck you could go in to the water to experience the sudden deep water within 1 meter is dropped down several meters and the current also showed up to pull you through the wreck which is a bad idea to do haha. Here Abou asked me to run a little bit back to my Mom, it was only 500meters and at the count of 3 Abou was gone a lot quicker than me haha. I could give it a little push to catch up to 4 steps (10meters) behind him but I had no chance of winning from this trained athlete haha. I was happy to see him catch some breath so maybe on the long run I have more chance ;). After this he showed us a little town that showed us a little bit of the culture side of Boa Vista. From here we went Dune Jumping like my family did before I arrived so I had to make some nice airborne shots haha. I jumped with Abou until we were tired and had enough cool shots, even did a little roll that ended in a big cloud of sand haha.
    To enjoy the evening in style we had dinner in the hotels African restaurant and it was again very good. To finish off with the cocktails and some texting with loved ones at home made the day an even better day ;).
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  • The last day without any travelling starts with playing some tennis again at 8:00 with my dad and Abou, my mom joined later just in time to keep me from melting away ;). Breakfast was welcome and relaxing on the beach also, we walked to the office of Abou on the beach with Abou as tourists because he still had holiday ;-). Went in the sea at some point to see what was floating and when it was clear that it was a really dirty buoy it was time to return to the hotel ;-). We had a relaxing last day and after diner we went to have the traditional "high tea" of Senegal. Abou invited us at his home, and as a wonderful host he welcomed us in Casa su Dia in Boa Vista. The host makes the home and that made his home one of the best. After the good times and a nice sugar rush we exchanged some photo's and got picked up by his friend and colleague Sam. Back at the hotel the holiday was at an end for Abou also and I had the last evening and morning with mum and dad. So one more cocktail to celebrate a nice ending of the world trip and their holiday. (in the picture I show what I brought with me all this time ;-) )Read more

  • The last day off my world trip a nice way to end this is to travel together with my parents back home. The morning was seriously easy going with breakfast and packing my stuff. After checking out and put the luggage in the luggage room, I went with my dad to the office of Abou to enjoy the last moments together. He also had some customers and that showed us that his holiday was at an end also. Things will not be the same for him and he has something to look forward to as well ;-). We had a nice drink and I had my last beer which off course I took a picture from to put in my Untappd app when my phone is fixed ;-). We would see Abou at the airport so we went back to the hotel for lunch and got picked up by 1300. We had time to shower in the courtesy rooms and at the airport I got reminded a bit about how difficult the travelling could be sometimes. There were 2 rows for the same desk, no hurry but it is just not really organised, only dutch people waiting so we solved it between ourselves.Next thing, my mom her bag wouldn't open and she needed it on the plane so customs would want her to open it anyway. I asked a guy from customs because they should have experience with that... well he didn't but he had a good idea after a while and wiggled it open. So this took some time and at luggage check they checked everything in the case and we waited on that before going through customs passport control. I let my mother go first just to be sure and than I went and you won't believe it but I didn't had a stamp that said I entered Capo Verde so actually I was illegal in the country. How did this happen because I paid 2 times to much for the visa to get in so it had to be good right? Well the lady that gave me the visa sticker and took my money forgot to stamp the thing. So stupid if you think about it that they work so slow and still forget to stamp the damn thing. Since I had the visa and all the documents to prove I came in at the date of the visa the guy believed me but didn't know what to do next. So he discussed with his colleague and after that walked away. I looked at the clock and boarding was already started, when he came back I was pushing a bit more and also showed that I had to board. Than suddenly he stamped my passport and without a word he waved me away. Haha what a strange check out but cool that I had this on my world trip as well haha. I was illegal in Capo Verde haha :D. We found Mom shopping and boarded as the last 3 ;-). It was not even a 30 minutes flight and we sat with a few rows in between us. When we landed in Sal everybody needed to get out and we had to wait less than an hour to board again and this time next to each other. A good flight and I could eat a "broodje kroket" again since 5 months also the chicken sate was nice :D. I did some reading and sleeping while listening to music and we were there in no time ;-). Finally at Schiphol and very close to my girlfriend again, also finally no need of Wi-Fi so easy contact with everybody :D. I walked through customs with a big smile because the check was done in 2 seconds haha and they made a joke to a stewardess that the last 5 from the air plane weren't allowed to enter since they would close at 24:00 haha. I missed that sense of humor. After this we had to wait for the luggage and it came past midnight. So the last day of my world trip was at an end it was time to see my girl ......but she wasn't the only one out there ;-).Read more

  • Erster richtiger Badestrand mit wunderschönem Meer und weißem Sand. 😍

    Haben eine Panoramatour über die Insel São Vicente gemacht, hatten einen tollen Ausblick und lassen den Tag jetzt am Strand bei 30 Grad ausklingen. 😁

  • Wenn man sieht was die Fischer 15m vom Strand fangen weiß man schnell das man sich nicht alleine im Wasser befinded, aber keine Angst es sind nur kleine Haie und hin und wieder eine Schildkröte usw. mit denen man sich das Wasser teilt. Aber egal solange Papa und Mama draußen am Riff bleiben.

  • Von hier aus startete eine abenteuerliche Quad-Tour durch die beeindruckende Landschaft Boa Vistas - wer auf eine ordentliche Portion Action mit Einblick in die Kultur des afrikanischen Kontinents steht, ist hier genau richtig.

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