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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.

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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.

Making Pesto

Making Pesto

Jen and I decided to cut back our basil plants and make pesto sauce. On the right side of the photo above is the pile of basil after harvest. The photo below shows the basil after it was stripped from the plants, washed, blanched and squeezed of excess water. Hard to believe that so much basil could be packed into such a small bag. It made a lot of pesto, though.

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Help from the Neighbors

Jen with Neighbors

Unless they are at school, our neighbors’ kids are in the yard doing chores and playing from dawn until bedtime. They get particularly excited to help the adults in our compound with work. Jen’s use of the mortar and pestle to grind some spices was a well attended event.

Time to Make Pesto

Garden

The basil that Jen planted in front of our house is booming. On the far left is a bushy Thai basil plant; the other three are sweet basil. The mint and cilantro died because the basil shaded them too much. There is some lemon grass behind the basil on the far right of the garden.

In this photo the basil is a bit beat up by a recent rain storm. Though I use the basil several times a week, I can’t keep up with it. I’ve been meaning to make pesto for some time though it is a more time intensive process with a mortar and pestle instead of a food processer.

We’re not the only ones who love the basil. The neighbors’ chickens like to hide under the plants, driving our cat crazy. As in this photo, he sits at the door and prepares to pounce. He’s gotten out and chased the chickens away but hasn’t caught one yet.