Local Heart, Global Soul

September 10, 2011

Now THERE are Bottles You Wouldn’t Want to try and Finish in One Go!

Filed under: CAPE VERDE,LIFE,PHOTOGRAPHY,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This is the  last post in my 2007 retro tour of the island of Sal in Cape Verde.

We would love to go back one day, but we share the problem of all but a seriously wealthy few: our travel list of places we want to see is too long and our travel savings pot too small, so  let’s see what the future brings on that score.

There are some shops that you pass when you travel and they grab your attention immediately with the presence of something out of the ordinary: this shop in Santa Maria was one of those.

Firstly, I had  heard of the word “grog” but in my due to my alcoholic ignorance, I assumed it was somehow either a made-up name for use in pirate stories and movies or a nickname for some other well known drink, say … gin or whisky.

I was partly correct,  the term “grog” is used in both New Zealand and Australia as a description of any strong alcohol, but  more accurately grog has it’s roots as a mixture of beer and rum  (Thank-you Wiki:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grog)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I have to confess to being rather taken aback when we passed the open doorway of this small shop and saw on the counter close by, four  seriously large bottles of local Grog.

I estimate that each would  easily hold fifteen litres each (4 gallons) and it appears that it’s possible to buy grog from these bottles not only by a smaller bottle amount but also by the individual tipple.

The shop was tiny, but there were a selection of bottles on shelves and most appeared to be local grog brews, and most of the shop stock was made somewhere in one of the various Cape Verde islands.

We were surprised to see a few bottles of Cape Verdian wine as well as grog, so we bought one bottle of each to pack into our suitcases and take back to the Netherlands to sample at leisure.

The wine we enjoyed a few months later, it was definitely drinkable but nothing outstanding.

Himself  was the sole member of our household who partook of the grog, but he did share with some of our  friends who like that kind of thing and to all accounts it wasn’t bad at all!

Between them it certainly it didn’t take many weeks for the level of the bottle to drop well below the halfway point.

Cape Verde is a fabulous place, and I’d totally recomend it as a travel destination.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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