You Know You're Cape Verdean When....

Every Cape Verdean you meet is either related to you or related to someone you grew up with,

There is a Manny, Maria and Tony in your family,

Your family is over at your house all the time.

You are older than one of your uncles or aunts.

You have relatives who aren't really related to you,

When you go to Cape Verde 90% of the luggage you carry with you is not yours (presents and stuff your mother wants to go sell)

You refer to the whole Island of Santiago as "Praia",

Every person you meet when you go to Cape Verde is either your cousin, aunt or uncle,

Your family insists their Island and hometown is the best place in Cape Verde,

Your parents' home is so clean and stylish that it looks like a showcase,

you have had a crush on a distant cousin, but since every cousin is treated like a first cousin you feel wierd about it,

You are forced to eat at every Cape Verdean home you go to,

Your family loves you passionately and would do anything for you, even if their poor they always find a way to help eachother out,

When your relatives meet eachother in public people think they're fighting because they talk too loud..but never realize it,

you and your friends think ordering a mocha at Starbucks is hilarious

You greet your elders with a 'benson' and always refer to them as 'nha' or 'nho',

a family barbecue is more like a feast; chicken and fish on the gril and several tables loaded with food,

Everything you eat is seasoned; even the rice,

You don't know any of your relatives' real names because you grew up calling them by nick names that have no relation to their real names,

every family party consists of loud music, lots of food and alchohol; even if its a children's party,

Catchupa is like gold to you,

You have eaten and drank corn in every form; camocha and piran(the hot drinks), kufungu, catchupa, xerem, pastel, and kuskus

There is a man in your family cheating on his wife and its not a big deal,

There is living room and dining room in your house, which you are forbidden to enter unless there is a guest in your home,

Your relatives in Cape Verde dress better than you,

You are related to atleast one famous person in Cape Verde and you make a point of letting every other Cape Verdean know about it,

You have family you don't talk to,

You think Cape Verdeans are the most beautiful and sexiest people on earth,

You plan a trip to Cape Verde every year, but you can only afford to go once in every 3 years,

there's like 3 people visiting you from Cape Verde and no space, but u don't care because its family so they end up staying over,

Your parties end when the police come or when the sun comes up,

there's no such thing as 'quiet time',

of course in your childhood the concept of 'privacy' did not exhist,

you are laughing or smiling at every thing you just read because it's true,