Over the past several months you’ve seen various views of Pico d’Antonia, the beautiful mountain that loomed over our home valley in Cape Verde. In fact, our valley is bounded by two memorable ridgelines: Monti João Teves–the peak shown here–sits at the foot of our valley. For the nine weeks that Adam and I are in Pre-service Training in Benin, I’ve scheduled posts of this other stupendous mountain.
Between the long days, homestay, language learning, and cultural adjustment, I won’t have much time to write posts during training. Once we’re settled into our new site, I’m going to start looking for a new weekly feature that will reflect our day-to-day lives there, and I’m sure I’ll have tales to tell. In the meantime, please enjoy the photos from Cape Verde.
This week’s picture of our other mountain…
June 8, 2012
Our county is home to Cape Verde’s one and only barragem (dam), although several others are under construction or in planning. While the students from North Star Academy were visiting on their service-learning trip, we took them to the dam to talk about the environmental implications of its construction and compare new and old methods of irrigation. The folks at the dam showed us amazing hospitality, driving us all around the dam zone, guiding us through fields, and letting us taste mandioka, kana (sugar cane), and sinora (carrots) straight out of the ground.