|Square on a corner in Sao Tome town.|
|Sao Tome's coat of arms with a falcon on the left and a parrot on the right.|
In August we travelled to São Tomé and Príncipe for 10 days. Two small islands, they were the site of sugar and later cocoa plantations. These days São Tomé is a rather sleepy place, but with quite a lot to see both in the capital and around the island (we did not make it to Principe, which is expensive and/or time-consuming to reach and features mostly high-end tourist accommodation). São Tomé and Principe were formed by a volcanic mountain range that includes the extinct Pico Basile of Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea), Mt. Manengouba, Mt. Oku and the dormant Mt. Cameroon (still on the list to climb!).
|(Top) Buildings in Sao Tome; (bottom) Ana Chaves Bay.|
|Jackfruit: tasty and extremely sticky.|
|Educate children so that it is not necessary to punish adults.|
|Sao Tome traffic.|
|Breakfast:yogurt, salami sandwich, sumo sap sap.|
|Claudio Corallo, proselytizer for high-cacao chocolate.|
|The main transport around town. Motorcycle taxis only accept one passenger -|
quite different from Cameroon and other countries.
Transport around town was difficult later at night – with such a small population it seemed that motos turned in early. Restaurants serving dinner were not very plentiful either, at least outside of hotels (witness our ill-fated trek to O Pirata). But we usually found something good to eat (invariably seafood) and were offered several rides to our AirBnB lodgings outside the town centre (including a lift from Antonio who worked in the ministry of finance).
|Delicious grilled fish and breadfruti lunch from a shipping on Ana Chaves Bay.|
|Food truck with painting of Cao Grande, a major landmark on|
the road south to Porto Alegre.
|School mural near our lodging: A book is like a window. Who does not read it is|
like someone who was far from the window and can only see part of the landscape.
- Kahlil Gibran
|Murals at Liceu Nacional, showing the importance of cacao, and safe sex.|
|Wherever there are women and men, there is always something to do,|
there is always something to teach, there is always something to learn.
|Home of an art gallery and bar, Pico Mocambo.|
|Our stay for the last few days was in a recently renovated house south of downton. Our|
host, Edmin, had a birthday to celebrate so we were able to join the festivities.
Edmin's friend Rui arranged our stay, and we had a nice time chatting to him about São Tomé, London (where he has spent half his life), and central Africa. The party had an eclectic mix of boiled plantains, boiled snails (as opposed to the grilled “Congo meat” variety in Cameroon), birthday cake, and a large slab of prosciutto.
|Prosciutto and birthday cake.|
|Interior and garden of our lodgings in Sao Tome town.|
|Sao Tome and Principe is among the small client-states that Taiwan|
has turned to to argue their case in the United Nations. The Gambia
left the fold a few years ago in favor of China's largesse.
|Poster for a recent art festival; colonial architecture in town.|
|As backup lunch spots go, one could do worse (stray dogs not pictured).|
|Advisory in the men's room at Sao Tome International Airport.|