Thursday, August 14, 2008

So far so good

Hey, everyone! Sorry that I have not really written any posts since Iºve been here. It is definatly harder to get to the internet than i expected.
So i am living in a small town outside Assomada, on the island of Santiago. Itºs a pretty sweet village(Ribiera Manuel) and everyone is really awesome. I am living in a town with 3 other volunteers and they are each about a 3 minute walk. I am living with a really sweet host family. There are awesome, they love to laugh all the time and they crack me up. My host mother is a kindergarden teacher and is therefore very patient with my Kreole which is not so great at all. I am learning ways to explain things and I can express my basic needs. I also have two host brothers and a host dad, all who are really cool. I have a small room but itºs enough room for all my stuff and I donºt really hang out in it all that often anyway, so it doesnºt matter.

Itºs currently the rainy season here, its actually rained 4 days so far, which is awesome. Itºs also pretty humid, which i was definatly not expecting.

My host family works (mondaºs which is like hoeing the ground, i think) alot in their field and also on other peoples fields as well. Everyone grows corn (midju) and there are alot of dishes that have corn in them. The food is ok. Iºm not loving all of it but i donºt hate all of it either. its interesting. There is a lot of rice and beans just in different forms. The other night I was pretty desperate for spagetti though and they let me make it for them which was cool. It wasnºt as good as it could have been but I did use tomato paste because there is no sort of tomato sause.
Transportation is really funny here. There is a car called a Hillux, which is a brand of toyota. So itºs bascially a pick up truck with a cover over it and seats. They can jam alot of people into one and its a bumpy and interesting ride, but its an awesome cultural experience to say the least. Since all of our families know all the hillux drivers we donºt have to many problems with them.

The only rediculous thing that I am yet to get used to is the amount of stops that we make when ridding them. People just yell para and then get out and go to the store pick up some rice, maybe a goat, whatever they want and the driver will wait for them. So therefore it takes a really long time to go anywhere. We live about a 15minute hillux ride from Assomada but many days it can take us 45minutes with all the stops that we make. Time is one thing that I am definatly having some trouble with but Iºm trying to learn to embrace it and chill out a little about it.
Last weekend we went on this three hour hike through the Riberia to the beach, called Agus Belas. It was a very long walk and there were lots of rocks to twist your ankles on but once we got to the beach it was completly worth it. There was a Grotto there also, which was a beautiful cave. When I figure out how to upload pictures you will be amazing about how incredible it was. The beach wasnºt your typical sandy beach, it was a rock beach but equally cool. The Atlanic Ocean on this side is amazing. Itºs warm, a little rough, but really sweet. It was also a very clear day and we could see the island of Fogo, which is also a volcano and is really pretty. I got sick on our hike back but it luckily didnºt spoil my mood about the day. Thanks to our medical sessions Iºm starting to accept that I will get sick a good bit, with lots of fun stomach problems, but hopefully it will make my stomach stronger!

A few weekends ago we went to Tarrafal which is also a beach area and is beautiful.

Anway. Please send letters! Talk to you all soon!


Christie said...

Sounds awesome!! I can't wait to see those pictures.

Cat said...


Bout damn time. It sounds pretty amazing so far and i can totally relate to your gastrointestinal distress. haha...the Peace Corps medical sessions are ridonculous. Our doctors are hysterical. I can't believe you have a rainy season because I thought you said you got like no rain in Cape Verde. I'm glad your host family is good. Me, I am so ready for PST/PSL to be OVER. Do you get a lot of marraige proposals? It's really getting on my nerves. I hope you got or will get my letter soon. Can't wait to meet up


Jan Jan said...

I am so glad you have finally gotten to a computer! I miss you already, but i am glad you are doing well and are adjusting to their way of living. I would miss spaghetti as well! lol i can not go a week without it! I just looked at your facebook pictures and the first thing i notice of course is your clothes!!! hahaha we went shopping for them!!!!!!!!

well listen stay healthy!!!! and try not to catch any stomach problems!

miss ya!!
xoxox jan jan

mom said...

Great blog...again, I am glad you have a great host family.
Do you really ride on the truck with goats, chickens perhaps or even more interesting passengers? It would drive me crazy to wait all that time as well!
Glad you got to update this.
Love, Mom

maman et papa said...

Hello Duffy,
It's great to read about your adventures too! Sounds like you are have an amazing experience and I can't wait to hear and see (pictures) more about it over let’s say - ah maybe Belgian Toast or waffles, with the other groupies, over at the house when you're both safe and sound in the USA!
Watch out for those bugs (maybe you and Cat can use a BIG hammer although the crunch may be a little loud or rather an "electric" racket that zaps them and then you can swat them out) outside and in. Let us know.

Anyway, you are in our prayers and hope to hear from you soon. Maybe I will get off me butt and write you a letter too.

Stay cool and healthy!