And Then it All Changed

Two islands, both arid and brown just like everyone told us they would be.

The third, Santo Antao, looked like more of the same until we passed a small forest with a confused personality; pine, jacaranda, mimosa, cypress. Trees you wouldn’t normally find sharing the same hillside.

More greenery crept in in the form of tended fields in a large caldera. It was a typical farming landscape in every way, except for the fact it was in a volcanic crater; a hidden valley surrounded by sharp, ragged walls.

Our path climbed to a saddle, a spot which wasn’t so intimidating to get to as most parts of the wall.

And then it all changed.

Walking through Ribeira do Paul Valley, Santa Antao, Cape Verde

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