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Cape Verde

Cape Verde: last stop before the New World

This collection of small islands in the mid Atlantic (once the last stopping off point for mariners before they struck out for the New World) are not for the faint hearted. As well as being mugged, fleeced by corrupt officials and nearly capsized in a terrifying ferry crossing my wife also had horrendous morning sickness for the entire trip. But the people and their traditions made a fascinating subject. The men still went out every morning in small wooden boats to catch fish, singing the melancholic Fado that the islanders are famed for as they pulled in their long lines. We were also lucky enough to reach a tiny village on the island of Santa Antao in the ecstatic throws of carnival fervor.

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