La Laguna to Lunar Landscapes

Leaving the port of Santa Cruz on Tenerife Island in the Canaries, we walked fifteen minutes along the tree-lined promenade to catch the tram that whisked us up the mountain to the historic city of La Laguna. The city dates from 1500 and its original layout has remained intact since its construction and it has […]

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The Power of Bom Dia

The history of Cape Verde is reflected not only in the music of the islands but also in the souls of the people. As but one example, the songs of Cesaria Evora, harken back to earlier times expressing the sorrow and grief experienced by the women whose husbands, primarily slaves from Africa, left Cape Verde […]

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Strolling Through Mindelo, Cape Verde

Mindelo is a port city on the northern part of the island of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde. The city is home to 93% of the island’s population and is known for its colorful and animated carnival celebrations.  The British formed a colony here in the nineteenth century and used it as a coal station […]

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Mountain Trek to Assomada

The Cape Verde consists of ten islands 500 km off the west coast of Africa and 1000 km southwest of the Canary Islands. They were claimed in 1456 by Portugal, as a refreshment station for voyages to and from South America. Later, the Portuguese developed vineyards and imported African slaves to work with the vines.  […]

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Cape Verde ~ Emerging Country With Interesting People

Today, Praia is a city of 120,000, the cultural center of Cape Verde as well as home to its government offices and important educational institutions. Many of the colonial era buildings still exist, but the town also has a modern African feel, with influenced from the continent in its music, food and fashions. Access to […]

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OneSimCard ~ Perfect Way to Stay in Touch Back Home

Leaving your home for 3 months to travel around Africa and the Arabian peninsula, you need to give some thought as to how you will communicate with family and friends while you are away. Email and texting quickly come to mind as suitable for communication; however, for some of us of the older generation, we […]

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Luanda ~ No Longer the Paris of Africa

In 1576, the Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias de Nova arrived on what is now the Ilha de Luanda in Angola and the city he established here became the center of the slave trade (1550-1836) in Central Africa.  At one time almost every enslaved individual in Brazil left Africa through Luanda. The Portuguese continuously staved off […]

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Pelicans and a Seal Named Nicholas

Walvis Bay means “Whale Bay” and is a deep-water haven for sea and whaling vessels along the Southern Atlantic between Cape Town and Windhoek, Namibia. The town became part of the English Cape Colony (a portion of what is now South Africa) after WWI and in 1994 became part of Namibia.  The waters in this […]

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The Namib Desert is Alive

One of the best shore excursions on the entire trip is seeing the “Living Namib Desert” via 4×4 vehicles driving through the sands outside Swakopmund, Namibia. The coastal dune belt seems barren and lifeless at first glance, but it is in fact very much alive, if you know where to look. There are a fascinating […]

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Kolmanskop ~ From Diamonds to Dust

Luderitz is an isolated, harbor town in southwest Namibia on a very windy, in-hospitable coast that is lined and littered with shipwrecks. German colonists developed Luderitz as a diamond-mining town in 1883 on land that had been nearly inaccessible. In 1905 a concentration camp was established on Shark Island (just outside Luderitz) that functioned between 1905 and […]

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