"I'll call you back. I'm taking some people whale watching." - Nevo, our boat driver, fielding a call.
After waiting outside a small general store for a while, a minivan meandered down Porto Alegre's road and we hopped in for a ride to Sao Tome town and onwards to Neves.
|The local road out of Porto Alegre (turn left).|
|The north-south highway.|
- a plastic bag with indeterminate items
- a plastic bag with gateaux/cakes
- 1.5 L bottle of palm wine
- 10 L jerrycan/bidong of palm wine
Now, a brief consideration of public transport in Sao Tome.
- vehicles don't wait until they're full before leaving - we had only five people when we set off.
- drivers routinely lower the stereo volume when people answer their phones
- there are less seats than usual. In many vehicles in the region, extra people are crammed into the rows, and improvised rows are added. This meant there was more space for luggage (and no luggage fees)
- moto-taxis only take one passenger, which is safer
- since ST&P is so small, there are few public transport vehicles and none to more remote spots
- rough competition for seats on busy routes. Once a van pulls up everyone charges for the door and you have to fight through the scrum to get a seat
- you need to find a moto-taxi for each passenger in Sao Tome town, which can be difficult once rush hour is over.