Might be an exception, but we met several times a totally stunned trained warrior from African wars with normal 40-centimeters machete, a very popular sharp superb-dagger among the natives of Sao Tome. Hillbillies consider he is OK and not dangerous, but after he went on us without reason, we consider him as a threat. As tourists, we naturally overreacted. ;-)
So be orintended to handle or survive without help of the locals to things like a machete. The short sword is the most common generally applicable tool in Sao Tome.
Dont leave any items in your...
Dont leave any items in your car, even if you are near of it. We have a own experience...
Somebody broke in to our car at the beach in the middle of nowhere. My friend saw the guy running away in savannah. Didnt want to go after him.
They went to local police(town of Guadalupe), but the police didnt speak any english. So they have to get a translator.
When they got a translator there, they have to explain what is camera. Luckily they had a manual with pics with them.
After that, they have to pay money for the gasoline of police-car, so they can go after the thief(!!!!!!!!).
They said, that them have to pay 100.000 local current(dobra) if they will get their camera back.
We never saw that camera again, so we didnt have to pay randoms.
Nice police work indeed...
If you have decided to have a...
If you have decided to have a visa from the airport(as we did), make sure that you have it!
We paid for a visa 25 USD, got some stamps to our passports and were guided away.
When we were leaving Sao Tome 2 weeks later, we realized that we havent had visa at all, so we were illegally in the country. We just got stamps that showed we had arrived there.
Well, nobody in the airport really didnt care, so we had no problems to exit Sao Tome.
In the airport were no security checks at all, which was really odd...
Money exchange should do in...
Money exchange should do in money exchange offices(or office, we found only one).
Exchanging can also been done on the streets, but there are couple of rules for that.
Police dont mind your exchanging, if you do it from your car window. Dont try it on the streets, if you dont want to get in trouble.
When exchanging, be careful. Around your car is at least 5 to 10 men, who want to deal with you. Keep your doors locked and only one window open. The same thing when buying cigarettes and beer(much cheaper from the streets than from the shops).
We had to runaway, when the things were getting too hot. I just step on the pedal and drove away(and we got 10 packets cigarettes for a price of 20...).
Well, avoid walking outside in...
Well, avoid walking outside in the suburbs(especially Pantufo).
We were threatened with machete by a local drug abuser, when we have a beer in the local bar.
It wasnt very nice...
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