CAPE VERDE: SENSING OF SIN

28 / 09 / 2013
CAPE VERDE: SENSING OF SIN

„Whoever hasn´t seen Mindelo, hasn´t seen the Cape Verde Islands“ goes the saying on St. Vincent Island. The same can be said of the local carnival that is considered the second biggest after Rio de Janeiro…

The sun is as strong as ever at half past four but the town beach Laginha is getting less and less populated. Mindelo is slowly starting to prepare for the arrival of carnival. Sensing something unusual is rising to the top of the nearby Fortim fort, where I am positioned to view the biggest natural Atlantic port, where not only people´ s fate but also cultural influences have been mixing. This breathtaking nature amphitheatre came to being due to the decline of the volcano crater and it consists of the Vigie ridge and almost five- hundred metre high rock massif, Monte Caro. The outline of the mountain reminds one of a human face looking up to the sky with its omniscient eyes as well as supervising the port and its good manners. I find its features friendly and familiar like Mindelo itself. The formation of streets, neo gothic facades and five o clock tea lend the city a European charm and distinguish it from the rest of the Cape Verde Islands. You won´t miss the real African element either. It is noticeable especially in the neighbourhood Bairro Alto or the port situated near the miniature copy of Lisbon Torre de Belém referring to Portuguese explorers of the archipelago….

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About author: Anthropologist, travel photo/ reporter and freelance teacher at Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. His long term interest in countries of the once Portuguese navy imperium brought about among other things co operation with UNICEF Mozambique on several campaigns and he is also an author of the UNICEF calendar 2011.

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    valerie porter napsal:

    Is there a charge to tour Torre de Belem? I enjoyed your article, by the way.

    Michal Josephy (author) napsal:

    Thank you. No, there si no charge – if you mean „Torrinho de Belem“, Mindelo, Sao Vicente.

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