The Portuguese designer turned tour information in São Tomé and Príncipe – NiT

The Portuguese designer turned a tour information in São Tomé and Príncipe

In 2017, Catarina Sequeira determined to pack her luggage and transfer to a different nation. An expertise that ended up altering his life.

Catarina Sequeira is 47 years previous.

Life is made from modifications, that is for positive. There are those that get uninterested in their hair and resolve to chop their hair radically. Others are not capable of work in an workplace and search for a job in one other space. Others are courageous sufficient to step utterly out of their consolation zone and embark on an journey on the opposite aspect of the world. One in every of these fearless individuals is Catarina Sequeira, 47 years previous.

Born in Leiria, Catarina turned fascinated with style at a really early age and on the age of 17 she went to the town of Porto to check what she actually preferred. For over 20 years she was a profitable designer and entrepreneur with the model SayMyName, aimed on the worldwide market the place it conquered areas resembling e.g Lafayette and Harvey Nichols, D-mop and Liger shops. He participated in a number of editions of ModaLisboa, and even gained the Mediterranean Vogue Prize 2015.

“I primarily labored with the worldwide market, however there was a interval when issues weren’t going so properly as a result of Asia began rejecting European manufacturers as a result of they had been dearer,” designer NiT begins. In 2017, the enterprise confronted main difficulties and it was essential to act.

“At the moment I made the choice to shut the model and transfer to Africa. I had already lived in Cape Verde for a yr in 2014 and it’s a continent I really like. I’ve at all times preferred the spirit, the lightness, the calm. It’s a utterly totally different life-style, however one which naturally makes me really feel good, he admits.

When he determined to place an finish to one thing he had constructed together with his personal arms, he felt the necessity to take a sabbatical, not least as a result of the model required lots of work: “I wanted to relaxation, I felt my physique giving in, virtually entering into in burnout and there was no level in insisting any longer. So I made a decision to go the opposite means.”

“After a sure age, we do not plan our lives as a lot anymore,” he says. And that is precisely what occurred. On the time, I knew a buddy of a buddy who had household in São Tomé and Príncipe, and as he was going there for just a few months, he ended up inviting her to go too. With out pondering an excessive amount of about it, he determined to pack his luggage and depart.

“PI surveyed the nation and realized that it was fairly peaceable, with no studies of violence. So I assumed: why not? It was a really fast choice and it wasn’t very properly thought out, however I am glad I made it, he reveals. On the time he had no job and lived on the lease of the home he had rented in Porto, however he rapidly discovered his personal means.

Regardless of being small islands, there’s lots of pure magnificence to find in São Tomé and Príncipe. “I began touring quite a bit across the islands, exploring waterfalls, doing trekking and climbing with teams of pals, and that is how I began to get a style and be in contact with the native individuals”, remembers the designer, who ended up changing into a tour information.

When her visa expired, she was pressured to return to Portugal, however she was unable to seek out work within the space.. Nonetheless, many questions started to emerge from individuals who had been interested in São Tomé and Príncipe: what’s the nation like?? What ought to they go to?

“The concept got here out of nowhere. They began asking me these questions and I assumed: why not take these individuals there?”. And so it occurred. When he returned to São Tomé and Príncipe, he determined to create a begin from scratch and open your personal firm: Journey with Wodu. The concept was to begin actions in February 2020, however the pandemic ruined the plans and the mission needed to wait one other yr earlier than it began. Till, in August 2021, Catarina Siqueira was the chief of a visit for the primary time.

Travels with Wôdu excursions

Wôdu, in Forro Creole (one of many languages ​​of São Tomé and Príncipe), means previous lady. “For them, an previous lady is synonymous with knowledge, somebody with lots of life expertise. Once I got here to reside right here, my pals had been youthful and at all times got here to me for recommendation. They referred to as me Massive Mother and I assumed it was humorous. In a means, they felt supported by me and right here I additionally gained some life knowledge”, explains Catarina.

The nice benefit of Viaja com Wôdu excursions is that clients are at all times accompanied by a information, an ideal mannequin for many who need to know a sure nation however do not need firm and don’t need to journey alone. The subsequent tour is already deliberate and can happen between November twenty fourth and December third.

These are 10-day applications to get to know the very best of São Tomé and Príncipe. Though the islands are small, the roads are very deteriorated and it may possibly take a very long time to succeed in a sure level. Because of this, vacationers will keep at three totally different lodging.

“I’m at all times cautious to e-book rooms which can be a part of sustainable tourism. There aren’t any resorts right here and I hope they by no means will. This isn’t mass tourism, however nature tourism”, emphasizes Catarina.

In the course of the tour, vacationers will uncover idyllic spots on the islands, resembling Lagoa Azul seaside, hike by the Ôbo Pure Park, watch the ocean turtles spawn (relying on the season), meet the monkeys in the midst of the Malanza river mangroves and take a dip within the unbelievable crystal clear blue seashores. The expertise wouldn’t be full with out additionally tasting the very best of native delicacies.

It is vital that individuals include an open thoughts, as a result of I present the truth of São Tomé and Príncipe. I present the nice and the dangerous, I do not take detours in order that the distress isn’t seen, as a result of it exists. It’s a nation with nice wants and I at all times attempt to sensitize and lift the notice of the purchasers, says the tour information.

The whole tour program could be consulted On-line and the worth is €1280. The worth consists of lodging for the ten days, transport, crossing to Ilhéu das Rolas, go to to the Ôbo Pure Park with native guides, going up the Malanza River by boat, visiting Roça Diogo Vaz and Roça Agostinho Neto, transport to and from the airport and a few meals . Flights aren’t included.

Then click on on the gallery to see a few of the locations on this Viaja com Wôdu tour.

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You’ll meet in lots of locations.

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