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Peace Corps Service Ending…

An oldie but a goodie: Our PC Benin swearing-in outfits from September.

An oldie but a goodie: Our PC Benin swearing-in outfits from September.

Because of a great job opportunity at home for Jen, our Peace Corps service is ending about three weeks earlier than expected. We won’t be putting up any new posts for the next several days but will add some posts about the end of our service soon. Thanks for following our blog!

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PC Year One — Cape Verde: At the Laundromat

Jen at CV Laundromat

Our house in Cape Verde* had running water. We (Jen) usually filled basins and then washed the laundry in the backyard. Occasionally our water would stop working for several days, however, and then we did the laundry (and bathed) in the nearby stream, about 100 yards away. You can see my contribution to the process in the photo below.

Adam with Laundry

*Though Jen and I spent the first half of our Peace Corps service in Cape Verde, most of the photos we’ve shared on this blog have been of our second post — Benin. The next several weeks’ posts will be a flashback to our first year of service spent on the lovely island of Santiago.

PC Year One — Cape Verde: Pico da Antónia

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Santiago’s biggest mountain, Pico da Antónia, loomed behind our house. At over 4500 feet tall, the mountain was visible from most parts of Santiago and from the neighboring islands as well. Not a bad view to take in with your morning coffee. Last year Jen highlighted a series of photos of Pico da Antónia titled “Our Mountain”.*

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*Though Jen and I spent the first half of our Peace Corps service in Cape Verde, most of the photos we’ve shared on this blog have been of our second post — Benin. The next several weeks’ posts will be a flashback to our first year of service spent on the lovely island of Santiago.

PC Year One — Cape Verde: Our Home

CV Our House

Our home sat away from the center of town in a lush valley in the grounds of INIDA, Cape Verde’s national agricultural research center. We had quite the view.*

*Though Jen and I spent the first half of our Peace Corps service in Cape Verde, most of the photos we’ve shared on this blog have been of our second post — Benin. The next several weeks’ posts will be a flashback to our first year of service spent on the lovely island of Santiago.

Peace Corps Service Year One — Cape Verde: São Jorge dos Órgãos

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Jen and I lived in this beautiful valley in the town of São Jorge dos Órgãos*. Our house is not visible in this picture because of the small ridge in the foreground that blocks the view of the homes further up in the valley, on the right side of the photos. These photos were taken from a friend’s house on the ridge opposite where we lived in May of 2012, about three months before the start of the rainy season. Our valley stayed green much of the year because of underground water from the mountains though most other areas on the island of Santiago where dry and dusty at this point in the year. The peak on the far left of this photo was the feature of a series of posts earlier last year titled “Our Other Mountain”.

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*Though Jen and I spent the first half of our Peace Corps service in Cape Verde, most of the photos we’ve shared on this blog have been of our second post — Benin. The next several weeks’ posts will be a flashback to our first year of service spent on the lovely island of Santiago.

Peace Corps Service Year One — Cape Verde

Cape Verde Cards Map

Though Jen and I spent the first half of our Peace Corps service in Cape Verde, most of the photos we’ve shared on this blog have been of our second post — Benin. The next several weeks’ posts will be a flashback to our first year of service spent on the lovely island of Santiago.

Cape Verde is an archipelago of volcanic islands about 300 miles off the coast of Senegal. Some of the islands are flat and sandy; others are mountainous and green, at least during the rainy season. Jen and I lived on the biggest and most populous island, Santiago, which was very green during the months following the rainy season and very brown during the rest of the year. To locate our home, start at Cape Verde’s capital, Praia, in the lower right hand corner of this photo. Follow the dark line cutting up through the island until you are parallel with the big palm tree pictured on the right. Our home sat in the shadow of the mountains, about smack in the middle of the island of Santiago.