Sao Tome’ and Principe’: Paradise found…

The country of Sao Tome’ and Principe’ is one of the world’s smallest, with less than 200,000 people and barely a thousand square kilometers scattered over a couple islands off the east coast of Africa…

And its history is just as slight, starting with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1470 and the eras of sugar plantations, black gold–slavery, cocoa, and now the new black gold–oil, notably absent tourist bronze…

But that is the great hope, though, as the waves are good, and the beaches are white, no matter that only a few surfers know that by now. Change will come, and the stakes are high, one of the world’s bio-diversity treasure troves…

The music is good, too, Portuguese fado mixed with Cabo Verde saudade mixed with Guinean high-life and Brazilian tropicalia. Yes, the official language is Portuguese, with a creole called forro also strong, French also used and English almost non-existent–yes!

Sounds like paradise to me, food music drink nature smiles waves beach sun surf bio-diversity forests and streams, maybe even a high spot or two to escape the heat if you’re lucky, still on my list of countries un-visited, so only remaining question is: when can I go?

 

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