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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.

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nos otu montanha :: our other mountain

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…

February 26, 2012

1:00 p.m.

That was our valley! In a couple of days we’re off to our new site in Benin!

 

nos otu montanha :: our other mountain

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…

January 28, 2012

2:00 p.m.

 

nos otu montanha :: our other mountain

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…

January 12, 2012

7:00 a.m.

 

nos otu montanha :: our other mountain

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…

January 24, 2012

6:45 p.m.

During the rainy season this riverbed has a river, but once that dries up, the Câmara (county government) bulldozes it flat and puts up goalposts. The bridge and stone wall overlooking this riverbed/soccer field were the center of our town.

 

nos otu montanha :: our other mountain

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…

January 9, 2012

7:15 a.m.

What Pico d’Antonia was for sunsets, Monti João Teves was for sunrises.

 

nos otu montanha :: our other mountain

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…

January 7, 2012

5:30 p.m.

Taken from the cow pen above our friend Johnson’s house. Not a bad view.