Developing and getting there

Dear Readers,

Today I saw a crew of municipality workers putting up a Christmas tree here in Sal’s capital town, Espargos. Which reminded me that one of my previous posts featured last year’s plastic bottle tree. Which in turn made me realise just HOW long I have not posted anything in this blog. I have no excuse. Except my kids. And my general laziness. Moving on.

In my last post (I added a link because, after all this time, I don’t expect anyone to remember this) I promised to tell you a bit more about the down sides of living in my little tropical paradise. I’ve changed my mind. I mean, there are annoying things happening on a quite regular basis and I am diligently making notes to compile a nice rant. But then I never really feel in the mood to actually complain. Mostly because I am just too knackered in the evening, I guess.

So I decided that instead, I am going to educate you a little more on my adopted home, Cape Verde. I came across this little infographic the other day, and it went straight into my marketing file. How come only very few people back home in Europe have ever heard of this country? It’s about time this changes. Have a look:

Africa From Top To Bottom
Image compliments of Master of Finance Degrees

If you go to their homepage ( they give you a bit of background information on the individual indicators for each category. I like that Cape Verde’s national security scores 100% (Cross-Border Tensions – Government Involvement in Armed Conflict – Domestic Armed Conflict – Political Refugees – Internally Displaced People). In other words, the likelihood to become victim of a terrorist attack here equals zero. One of our major arguments in the effort to divert Egyptian tourism into our direction.

Cape Verde is one of only two countries that ranks among the Top 5 in all four categories. Impressive, isn’t it? Being married to a Saffer I should probably not say this, but: Eat your heart out, South Africa! 🙂

So next time my bread isn’t finished in time for dinner because a power cut interrupted my bread baking machine I will find comfort in the fact that I live in a place that has the highest score of all African countries in the Human Rights section.

And this here might help as well:

Kite surfing south of Serra Negra

Kite surfing south of Serra Negra

Or this:

Don't move here if you can't stand kitsch

Don’t move here if you can’t stand kitsch

Or this here:

Just another day at the office

Just another day at the office

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


10 thoughts on “Developing and getting there

  1. Thanks for this post. Between the wonderful ratings, the skyline, the blue waters and white beaches who can blame you for wanting to spend time outdoors diving rather than inside writing. Enjoyable read.

  2. Ich sehe schon, wir müssen bald mal Urlaubsplanungen machen. Liebe Grüße auch von meinem gerade heimkommenden Mann, Peggy

  3. So glad to hear from you again. I’ve wondered, but supposed maybe you were up to your eyeballs chasing after kids, hubby, and beach days. Thanks for being such a loyal follower, btw.

  4. I don’t know how I missed this post, Sandra. Gorgeous pictures. Hard to look at from our snow-covered block of ice, but gorgeous all the same.

    It’s interesting that three of the five most successful countries in Africa are island nations. Any idea why that would be?

    • Yeah, I wondered that, too. Maybe it has to do with the stability that comes with not having any immediate neighbors who could be envious of resources. And the beach and watersports lure is probably kind of a guarantor for tourism – and a healthy economic growth.

      Sorry for the gloating part but I’m sure your place has its perks, too. In July or August.

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