Cape Verde
Boa Vista

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  • Day130

    Day 130: Finally in Boa Vista

    November 27, 2016 in Cape Verde ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    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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  • Day131

    Day 131: Let's dive and quad around

    November 28, 2016 in Cape Verde ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    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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  • Day132

    Day 132: Wreck Exploring & Dune Jumping

    November 29, 2016 in Cape Verde ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    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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  • Day133

    Day 133: The last day off

    November 30, 2016 in Cape Verde ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    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

  • Day3

    Sandboarding und Praia de Varandinha

    November 2, 2018 in Cape Verde ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Weiter geht die rasante Fahrt nun komplett offroad zum Morro d'Areia, eine der höchsten Dünen am Ende der Praia de Chaves, an der auch unser Hotel liegt. Dort ist Sandboarding angesagt: nach genauer Einweisung durch Birte können wir rasant im Sitzen zu zweit oder alleine herunter düsen wohl wissend dass man dann mühsam durch den tiefen Sand die hohe Düne wieder erklimmen muss... Ein toller Spaß! Nicht jeder kommt unten sitzend an...

    Mit absolut "No stress" setzen wir unsere Fahrt durch die Wanderdünen fort. Die erfahrenen Fahrer wissen genau, wo zu fahren ist, ohne im Sand stecken zu bleiben. Spuren zuvor gefahrener Autos sind ruck zuck wieder verweht. Ziel ist die Praia da Varandinha. Dort finden wir einen wunderbaren Strand vor und die einzige Steilküste der Insel. Hier gibt es geheimnisvolle schwarze Kalksteinhöhlen, die traumhafte Fotomotive bieten.
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  • Day1

    Ankunft im Hotel Iberostar Boa Vista

    October 31, 2018 in Cape Verde ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Dieses Iberostar Hotel hat einfach eine grandiose Lage an der km langen Praia de Chaves, die als einer der Traumstrände der Kap Verden Inseln gilt. Wie in einer kleinen Stadt liegen zweigeschossige Häuschen eingebettet in eine gepflegte und blumenreiche Anlage. Platz gibt es hier an der Praia de Chaves mehr als genug. Nachdem wir unser geräumiges Zimmer bezogen haben, zieht es uns an den Strand: relativ hohe Wellen, Wasser Temperatur angenehm, leichter Wind bei 25-27 Grad heute - perfekt!Read more

  • Day2

    Am Meer und in der Wüste

    November 1, 2018 in Cape Verde ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heute genießen wir den unbeschreiblich schönen Strand Praia da Chaves, 12 km lang feiner weißer Sand. Eine ausgedehnte Strandwanderung führt in die Einsamkeit, ein erfrischendes Bad im Meer kühlt uns ab. Doch Vorsicht vor gefährlichen Unterströmungen ist angesagt, man sollte sich nur so weit ins Meer wagen, wie man Sand unter den Füßen hat.Read more

  • Day3

    Praia de Santa Mónica und Povoção Velha

    November 2, 2018 in Cape Verde ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Nun fahren wir weiter in lustiger Gesellschaft mit den Spreewäldern 8 km offroad zum Traumstrand "Praia de Santa Mónica". Absolut unberührter Strand: weißer Sand, unglaublich türkis farbenes Wasser, Wellen und blauer Himmel. Hier haben wir genug Zeit zum Genießen. Von Birte, unserer Führerin erfahren wir, dass dieser Strand schon an Investoren verkauft ist. Aber der Hotelbau lässt auf sich warten, da die Infrastruktur an diesem abgelegenen Zipfel der Insel komplett fehlt und unregelmäßig auftretende Springfluten auch davor schützen, dass dieses Idyll bebaut wird.
    Am Pico Santo António vorbei (einem erodierten Vulkan) fahren wir durch die Steinwüste nach Povoção Velha ("alte Siedlung"). Das ist der älteste Ort der Insel, der wohl vor 500 Jahren gegründet wurde. Abgedeckte Dächer der Häuser erinnern an die Ausläufer eines schweren Hurricane vor 2 Jahren, der große Zerstörungskraft hatte. Hier befindet sich überraschender Weise ein sehr gutes Restaurant "Fon' Banana", in dem wir ein leckeres Mittagessen zu uns nehmen. Danach geht es rasant zurück zum Hotel.
    An dieser Tour hat uns besonders gefallen, dass wir als Gäste entscheiden konnten, wie lange wir wo verweilen wollten, gemäß des Mottos von Boa Vista Tours "simply no stress". Deshalb kann eine solche Tour statt angedachten 6 Stunden wie in unserem Fall auch mal 8 Stunden dauern. Auch die Kontaktaufnahme via WhatsApp war genial. Absolutes Daumen hoch!
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  • Day6

    No Stress

    November 5, 2018 in Cape Verde ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Was ist das für ein Land, das dieses Nationalmotto gewählt hat? „No Stress“ steht auf T-Shirts und Sammeltaxis, auf Armbändern und Hauswänden. „No Stress“ ist gelebtes Grundprinzip im Alltag, auch bei Flug- und Fährplänen.

    Pünktlichkeit ist die Ausnahme – aber wen kümmert‘s?! „Die Kapverden und ihre Menschen sind immer in Bewegung, aber ganz langsam“, sagen die Einheimischen.

    Es wird also spannend sein zu sehen, wie unser auf Flug- und Fährverbindungen ausgelegter Reiseplan in den nächsten Wochen funktionieren wird😄.
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  • Day5

    Impressionen rund um das Hotel

    November 4, 2018 in Cape Verde ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Dieser Footprint gilt der wunderbaren Hotelanlage, die so gepflegt und großzügig bepflanzt ist. Morgens werden wir wach von dem Zwitschern unzähliger Vögel, die sich in den Palmen tummeln oder auf unserem Balkon hin und her marschieren. Neben dem Zwitschern hören wir das Rauschen des Meeres, wie immer ist es windig und die Wellen recht ansehnlich. Da wir am äußersten Ende der beeindruckend großen Anlage unser Hotelzimmer haben, machen wir bereits einen Morgenspaziergang zum Frühstücksaal. Zu der Hotelanlage gehören auch hunderte Katzen, die gar nicht scheu sind und augenscheinlich von den Hotelgästen bestens versorgt werden.
    An der großen Poolanlage liegen viele Gäste den ganzen Tag lang. Der wunderbare Strand ist nämlich nur mit der Überwindung von einigen Höhenmetern zu erreichen und so breit, dass der eine oder andere bestimmt den beschwerlichen Weg durch den tiefen Sand zu den Strandliegen scheut.
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Concelho da Boa Vista, Boa Vista

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