Friday, 7 August 2009

Hello everyone - I just got back late last night from the beautiful Island of Sal, in Cape Verde.
We have had a fantastic holiday - it has been so hot, apparently humidity one day was 80%, I don't know if that is right or not.

Obviously I haven't had time to make any cards but I thought I would share a few photos with you.
Below is a photo of me stood on the patio of our new apartment (we went over to sign up for it, so we haven't stayed in it yet) It is second line and the beach is actually much nearer than it looks in the photo.
The one below is me just outside our apartment
The blue building in the background of this photo is where the locals go to fetch their water, which they use for cleaning etc. They fill big cartons of it and some of them take it back home in wheelbarrows whilst others just have to carry it - can you imagine having to do that? We really do not know how lucky and well off we are!!
Cape Verde is a lovely place but very primitive, if that is the right word. I think the highlight of Saturday afternoon for the local children must have been rolling themselves in the sand until they were covered and then jumping/diving off the "pier"
Above is a photo of a local we met called Chico. (He is the one on the right, the one on the left is my husband!!!!) Some people told us that the workers there earn 2 Euros an hour and someone else told us that a typical wage would be 250 Euros a MONTH. Things were not cheap there either - we had a Magnum (ice cream) each and it was 7 Euros for two.

Do not look too closely or you might just spot me walking along this fabulous beach. We went in the sea quite a few times and it was lovely and warm with some really nice big waves.

As we left the hotel to head back for the airport, the rep said that it usually takes about 15 minutes to get to the airport but it was rush hour - so you could expect at least 3 cars on the road!!! She wasn't joking either.
I will be back as soon as I have got rid of all the washing and ironing etc and got round to making some cards.

1 comment:

Diane.W. said...

Hi Eileen,good to have you back!!!
Glad you had a nice time :o)x

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