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.
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.
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.