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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A to Z Challenge 2020: S is for São Tomé and Príncipe

I actually had plenty of choices for S because a lot of countries begin with that letter. I decided on São Tomé and Príncipe because I liked that postcard the best. Officially called the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, it's a country in Central Africa that consists of two major islands. It is described as obscure.

Sao Tome is way west (160 miles or 260 kilometers) off Gabon while Principe is just west of Equatorial Guinea. Both islands are in the Atlantic Ocean but specifically in the Gulf of Guinea. The total population is about 172,000. While African in geography, the official language is Portuguese. That's because the Portuguese discovered the uninhabited islands in the 15th century and eventually colonized them.

It's a very safe country with almost no violent crime. Despite this safety factor, it's one of the least-visited places in the world. The tourists that do make it there dub this country "heaven on earth."

This postcard shows Pico de Sao Tome (it's the country's highest mountain peak). I received this postcard as a result of a trade, but it was still a surprise. That's because I didn't know which card I was getting as I let the sender choose.

1 comment:

Jade Li said...

I hope it is a place where tigers can live in peace. I just read some species may be extinct. It does look like paradise. Wondering why it is considered "obscure."