The current Flag of Cape Verde is relatively new (1992) and is very befitting an island nation. It has 10 stars on it represent the 10 islands making up the county – which are clearly to one side. That’s because the stars are on the hoist side of the flag making it a flag for land and a naval ensign all-in-one. It was officially adopted when Cape Verde dissolved its political ties from Guinea-Bissau on the mainland. It is derived from the flag of the Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde (P.A.I.G.C.), the liberation movement which successfully gained independence for both countries (Guinea-Bissau in 1974, Cape Verde 1975).
The colours and symbols represent:
Blue: the Sea and Sky
Red: Hard work/effort of the nation
Stripes: the road to construction of the nation
10 stars: the 10 islands
The circle of stars: represents everything from unity to the globe and even a navigators compass.
The harbours in Cape Verde are often the center of a lot of the social life.
There is lot's of tuna fish in the cape verdian waters and fishing is a big part of the culture.
Because of that the harbour is often a big part of the local scene.
Do you like getting hassled while you are trying to shop for souvenirs? Of course not. Giving non-stop hassle to people to Tourists walking around shops is a full-time occupation for some sellers in the streets. Market stalls and some small shops will also try very very hard to get you to part with your money. Part of the pressure they put on you is designed to make you give in, buy something and not haggle the price down.
Want to make it stop?
Just look them in the eye and calmly say “NO STRESS”.
It seems to work. Makes them go a bit quiet.
our passengers had a tour on the island and a few days later I got this Cap Verde bank note as a tip by one of our passengers.
I actually have no idea about the value of it, but for me it is a rare souvenir and I don't care at all that it is rather worn out and almost falls apart...
Tipping onboard of M/S Vistafjord was kind of recommended, but not really compulsory. The cruiseline put a note into the daily bulletin, saying that the usual tip for a waiter and a stewardess should be around 2,50 $ each per day per passenger, in case that you got the service that you expected.
The basic salary by Cunard was very low but with 12-14 passengers for a waiter the total amount was fair, when you considdered the chance to see a lot of the world.
I guess they go there cause there are no other choices ... sheeps on the beach !!! Not for sunbathing of course, but trying to find out something to eat.
Don't disturb them too much ... they could become a little bit aggressive ...
Although there are many immigrants from Cape Verde in Portugal, it was only during this vacation that I found out the this people are friendly, tender and helpful. I was really impressed...
I also noticed that men were polite and respect lonely ladies in the street. gentlemen, I would say...
Even if you don't understand a word of crioulo, a local theatre is definitely worth a visit. Not only it gives you totally different view on fundamentals of theatre, it will also bring a lot of fun and social feeling.
If, in your heart, you are lacking the feeling that you belong to some pack/family/kennel/group of people (even though you might not admit this aloud), if you feel that you might have freinds on the other side of globe that you met on Internet, but you don't know your neighbours, if you feel a bit lost, even though you have everything, and if I was a doctor, I would recommend you to go to the movies in Cabo Verde. And better yet, choose some movie that is fun and full of rythm. And you will see that cinema is not only a place to watch a movie, it is first of all a place where you meet your friends, where you can express your sympathy with the guys from movie (loud or louder), where you dance when there is good music, where you shout and eat and drink and talk to friends and advice actors what to do with actresses. It is a place to live:)
Francisco Manso directed a movie O TESTAMENTO DO SENHOR NAPOMUCENO about Napumoceno Da Silva Araújo, who was the most successful businessman of Cabo Verde’s archipelago. Which is why his death (in 1984) didn’t leave anyone indifferent, particularly in Mindelo, where he lived. Carlos, his nephew, already saw himself as the heir to his estates. But his uncle’s life hid some secrets, which were soon to be revealed by his will and some recorded tapes left for Graça, his illegitimate daughter, the unexpected heiress to entire his fortune...Go and see!
Whether you are just like me mad about local music or whether you 'only' like good music regardless the origin, you absolutely should not miss music coming from Cabo Verde. The most known representative of Cabo Verde musical scene is without question Cesaria Evora (on the picture). Try to listen to some of her master pieces at MP3 or directly plan a visit to her concert.
Another distinct singer is Fantcha, who was tought by Cesaria Evora herself, what you can see (hear) from her production. The most popular singer (amongst youngsters) at the time of my stay on Sal was Gil, however I do not have any proof that his music is of lasting quality :)
Cape Verde has a rich Creole culture..the very first European Creole culture in fact. There is a variety of foods and music to be found in these islands. Listen to the sorrowful sounds of Cesária Évora's mornas, or dance to the beat of Fantcha's rythmic african sounds.
You will probaply be invited to drink grogg with the locals.
Grogg is made from sugar cane does a great job if you want to get bloody drunk.
You do need a strong stomach to digest it though.
URIL is the Cape Verde game ... It's a mixture of fast-thinking mathematical brains and long term strategy !!!
You can see people along the street playing this and trying to sell it to you :-)
This is what these ladies are doing !!! And do not disturb them, they could become quite evil and they attack you !
Ilha Do Sal, Caixa Postal 33, Santa Maria, 4111, Cape Verde
Good for: Solo
Lote HO 1, Urb. Morrinho de Baguincho, Praia de Salines, , Cape Verde
Good for: Business
Avenida 4 de Julho, Sal Rei, 74000, Cape Verde