Day 12 leaving Maio for Praia
Friday 28th March 2014
Very early start to the day, 04:45! Benvindo was collecting us at 06:20 to take us to the airport and we said our farewells to Villa Maris and Morro beach.
Check in at the airport opened at 05:45 but it never pays to get there too early, the departure lounge is just a few wood seats. If fact some people seem to come to the airport when they hear the plane land so that they don't have to wait.
On this particular journey there were quite a few children who looked like they were from the same sports club. They were all very excited once they took their seats and no teachers were looking, but on the whole they were very well behaved on the 7 minute flight.
Waiting in Praia for 14 hours without booking into a hotel for a siesta and freshen up was a novelty for us. Even though it changed a few years ago, I'm still getting used to Praia airport being named after Nelson Mandela rather than Francisco Mendes.
Our flight to Lisbon is at 00:55, also known as 'silly-o'clock'. However, the weather today was so good - not too hot or dusty - that sitting around in the squares, browsing round the shops and carrying out a café crawl, soon whiled away the time. Our favourite cafés are Pão Quente bakery on the Plateau and the open air café in Praça Albuquerque.
Praia had a festival in Albuquerque Square in the evening with music, craft stalls and local displays. We never found out the occasion, but it kept us occupied until 10 pm when we made our way back to the airport.
Unfortunately, three taxis felt they had rights to taking us there. The one that we got into when we arrived in Cape Verde 12 days ago, the one that we caught from the airport today and the one we were getting into when there was a heated exchange between taxi drivers. They must all be pretty desperate for "fares".
The TAP flight was on time (00:55) and we had a couple of days' sight-seeing in Lisbon before returning home. It has been a lovely holiday and we will never forget the warmth of the sun and the people of Maio.