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Tales from Sal Island - Cape Verde

Some stories from people living or working on the island of Sal.

Turtle Tours - Bucari Balde

Cheryl Thomas - Monday, November 14, 2016

Bucari’s story


Football - Agilson Fortes

Cheryl Thomas - Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Liza from Liverpool - Part 2

Cheryl Thomas - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yacht sailing on White Time

Cheryl Thomas - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I had seen the yacht ‘White Time’ from a distance moored in the bay of Santa Maria and even to my untrained eye I had admired her graceful lines. As a friend of mine was still celebrating her birthday week it seemed a perfect opportunity to join her for a well deserved break for a few hours peaceful sailing on the waters off Sal Island.  More

Liza from Liverpool - Part 1

Cheryl Thomas - Monday, September 22, 2014
Liza (from Liverpool, England), affectionately know as 'Scouseverdian Liza', arrived last week and hit Sal Beach like a hurricane. She quickly had people interested in her story about her father.   More

A Long Day In The Saddle - PART 2 - Author: A.P.Graye

Cheryl Thomas - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Before we left Burracona I had mentioned to my companions that there was, mysteriously, a burnt out forty two seater coach in the middle of nowhere just off the track north of Burracona with someone living in it. How it got to that location along a narrow rock and boulder strewn path is anybody’s guess. Nevertheless, there it sat as if beamed down from the skies. Naturally their curiosity demanded that we go in that direction to see it. We set off on the bumpy ride until we got to the location only to find that the coach had disappeared and been replaced by a car in similar condition. I wondered if it was the result of a new twist on the bedroom tax by the Camara.

Rather than go back along the track to Burracona we decided to take the scenic route around the base of Monte Leste but soon discovered that we needn’t go around the mountain. We could in fact go through it. A ravine had been created through the middle of it where the screed had been excavated for use as hardcore, probably to develop the new road along which we had travelled north from Palmeira and were now about to use to get to Espargos.

It was here that things got out of hand.

Being that the new road is wide and fairly straight-ish. I suggested to Jonathan and Zara that they might want to have a bit of fun and open the throttle up while making our way to Espargos by using Morro Curral, the highest point in Espargos, as a sight line. Giving them a head start to avoid being smothered by their dust trail it was far too late when I realised that they had got caught up in the moment and missed the fork to the left that would take them to Espargos, and were now racing flat out in a blur and a cloud of brown dust heading straight back to Palmeira.

C’est la vie. I never said that I was a professional.

After a later than planned lunch at Bom Dia café, our next destination was planned to be Pedre De Lume.   More

A Long Day In The Saddle - PART 1 - Author: A.P.Graye

Cheryl Thomas - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

One of my favoured pastimes on Sal is to explore the island on a quad but the perfect storm of an Inguinal Hernia & Haemorrhoids had prevented me getting out and about for a while. It took the surgeons two attempts at the Hernia and although all seemed well I was still apprehensive about spending a full day in the saddle, so when Zara and Jonathan asked if I could take them around the island it appeared to be a perfect opportunity to put the repairs to the test. At least I would have company if I fell off in agony.  More

Flight from UK - Brussels - Boavista - Sal

Cheryl Thomas - Sunday, July 06, 2014

By Yvonne and Dave  More

Where to eat on a budget

Cheryl Thomas - Thursday, July 03, 2014

I was thinking about this before, but never got around to it for one reason or another, but during a recent power cut and no internet access I put some things together on a word doc to use at some point for a blog.  More

Binter Canaries Flights - Summer 2014

Cheryl Thomas - Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Some Tips and advice about flying from the Canaries.

Binter start direct flights to Sal Island from the Canaries from June 17th 2014 for 3 this a test run to see whether its worth them offering regular flights to Sal...... a number of Expats hope so!

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