Sitting on the edge of the veranda eating watermelon and papaya for breakfast, I felt utterly content. I stroked the two kittens keeping me company and gazed out at the sand dunes at Ponta Sino Kite Beach. I’d arrived in paradise to celebrate my 19th birthday.
I could have been in the packed canteen with most of the other holidaymakers at this all-inclusive resort, but by venturing outside to the table furthest away, I felt as if I was in a private villa.
I was on the first day of my holiday in Sal, one of ten small volcanic, arid islands in the former Portuguese colony of the Cape Verde archipelago scattered over 1,500 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, and 350 miles from the coast of West Africa.