He would run in an inhospitable area near Praia Branca.
Tarrafal de São Nicolau in sight
The houses of Tarrafal, the main town in the north of São Nicolau.
Residents of Laziness in a moment of shared bathing.
Cannon battery at the top of Preguiça point to the Atlantic.
The Cowboy Road
Vaqueiro drives his cows along an elevated road on the eastern edge of São Nicolau.
Rugged volcanic coastline of northern São Nicolau.
Neighbors converse in the shade.
meanders of the valley
Meanders that lead from Alto do Cachaço to the capital Ribeira Brava.
Nightfall in Ribeira Brava
Dusk gilds the main town of São Nicolau, Ribeira Brava.
Visitors admire the vastness of the Atlantic from the old walls of the Preguiça fort.
Corner of Ribeira Brava
Residents of Ribeira Brava share a colorful corner of the capital.
Bushes on the North Coast
Shrubs that survive in the aridity of the south coast of São Nicolau.
double the corn
Young Nicolauenses grind corn with pestles.
house and clothesline
Secluded home between Tarrafal and Praia Branca.
The pastel houses of Preguiça, a former Portuguese colonial port.
Passenger on board one of the Hiaces that runs through the capital Ribeira Brava and the island of São Nicolau.
Farmer works the land on one of the many terraces on the island of São Nicolau.
boats on land
Fishing boats from Tarrafal, the second largest village, after Ribeira Brava.
The voice of the late Cesária Verde crystallized the feeling of Cape Verdeans who were forced to leave their island. who visits São Nicolau or, wherever it may be, admires images that illustrate it well, understands why its people proudly and forever call it their land.
Text: Marco C. Pereira
Images: Marco C. Pereira-Sara Wong
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Time and the laws of geomorphology dictated that the volcano-island of Fogo rounded off like no other in Cape Verde. Discovering this exuberant Macaronesian archipelago, we circled around it against the clock. We are dazzled in the same direction.
With the Cape Verde summit conquered, we sleep and recover in Chã das Caldeiras, in communion with some of the lives at the mercy of the volcano. The next morning, we started the return to the capital São Filipe, 11 km down the road to Mosteiros.
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