Friday, 21 October 2016

Cape Verde - Melia Dunas - 2016

So, it has taken me forever to get this video done, but now that I have its time to share it!

As you know, in September Ben and I went on holiday to Cape Verde. All we wanted was all inclusive food, drinks, a pool and just to chill with each other. Melia Dunas gave us all of that. The 11 nights passed, and we weren't sure what we had actually done with all our time, I could have easily stayed for another two weeks.

We had booked two excursions in advanced, just to force us to do something other than eat our body weight in food and get drunk everyday. What we picked were a 2 hour quad biking tour of the island, and then the Thomson coach tour of the island, including shark bay, cove jumping and more. 

I was really excited for the coach tour of the island, but there was a storm the first day we were supposed to go, and then when we re-booked I got a rash on my legs from the sea, so bad that I didn't move from bed all day. I was devastated to miss it as we probably won't be going back to Cape Verde, but luckily the quad biking was awesome.

There isn't much to see on the island as it is mostly just desert - and not pretty desert, honestly most parts are kind of dirty, but when you quad along the coast line it becomes really colourful and beautiful. 

Being all inclusive, we never planned to leave the hotel at nights, and luckily they had a few nights of great entertainment, including an amazing rendition of The Lion King and Chicago. The other nights were hit and miss, but the performance of these really made up for it. 

Though the buffet did some great food, I always find that I get too excited and end up eating really strange meals that just don't match. Pizza with paella, pasta and chips... I just can't sit down and have a proper meal. Luckily we booked ourselves in for the American and Fish restaurants (this was before I went vegan btw)

At the fish restaurant we both paid a little extra for Lobster - and boy was it worth it! Two small lobsters each, and they were amazing, but what was perhaps even more tasty was my starter - tuna salad with avocado, presented beautifully, but tasted even better.

At the American restaurant Ben paid extra for steak, which turned out to be bigger than his head, and I ordered the mini burger trio. Again it was delicious, but I think the fish restaurant won.

 Overall it was an amazing holiday. It was so relaxed, 11 nights full of nothing, just how we like it. Though I probably wouldn't go back to the small island again, I am really glad we decided to go - and would recommend it to anyone wanting sun, sea, cocktails and relaxation!


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Book Review - The Cove - Ron Rash

'Superstitions are just coincidence, or ignorance.'

The Cove was one of the books I bought on my kindle just because it was there, I had no idea what it was about other than some outcasts, shunned by the rest of their town. The cover looked creepy (I know, judge me for judging the cover) and I thought... I need holiday books - why not!

Laurel and Hank Shelton live in The Cove a small, isolated harbour off of a small, isolated town in North Carolina. Laurel is shunned to live off the land in the cove, rarely leaving its dark loneliness due to a wine stained birth mark on her shoulder, promoting the rest of the town community to see her as a witch, they both fear and despise her.

Her brother Hank lost his hand in the war, but gained enough respect from the town to gain himself a prospective wife. Finding out that Hank plans to leave her alone in the cove for his new wife, Laurel falls into a depression about her future. Till one day, a mute flute player comes into their care. Laurel falls in love with not just his music, but him, and even Hank starts to see him as someone who could stay with his sister forever.

Its a slow, sad novel. If you're looking for a perky read, this definitely isn't it. I probably wouldn't recommend it as a holiday read... to me holiday books are chick flick, Hollywood glam, easy read types. The type of books you're a little embarrassed to publicize that you're reading. Though this does have romance within it, The Cove isn't a romance novel. Though Laurel clings to the idea of a deep loving future, her loneliness and sadness overrides this. 

The contrast between the characters in The Cove, and those from the town makes you sympathize with Laurel more - they're dicks basically.  And this comes to a head at the climax of the book, when some town members finally brave entering the harbour.

The ending was both good and unexpected. It got the much needed pace quickening and suspense that I wanted throughout the book. I found that even though I didn't think I had, I had gotten really into the story, and really invested in the characters - it was subtle, but it happened.

Overall I would give this book a 3 out of 5. It was a little slow overall for me, but the ending really made up for it. 
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