|Corn makes cachupa!|
From the last time we met, I found out that I was assigned to the desert island of Sal. No plants, no vegetation.....just dunes, the sparkling warm crystal blue ocean waters of the Pacific, and yet the sight of another drier island known as Boa Vista covered in sand dunes nearby. We would experience the "Bruma Seca" or the Sahara storms off the African continent as they traveled hundreds of miles across the ocean. The winds would be so strong at times that cars would be turned on their sides. I even remember a fork off the road was picked up by the wind and thrown against our home window which shattered the glass panel. Everyone was to move to the inside of the home. Everyone thinks living on an island is wonderful, but I'm here to say....it's not:) There's nothing like feeling helpless or trapped as an ominous dark cloud approaches your home from across the ocean....and there's nowhere to run. My move to Sal would be "the snap" that I needed to help me focus on what is important in this life. Today if I ever travel back, my view of the world will have changed and I would look at this country in a new light. A beautiful woman by the name of Cesaria Evora would teach me the meaning of "Sodadi" or loneliness in my own American way. RIP my barefoot diva...your music is some of my prized collections. Your words haunting and full of yearning...."What more is there?" So here are more chronicles of my experiences...
|Corn makes cachupa!|
|My awesome future roomie on the island of Sal!|
October 28th, 2000. "I hate it here. I've walked the island and while it has its beauty, there aren't any plants! My neighbors have several in pots and they are treasured....like gold. Water is a finite resource here and it only comes once a week to fill our tanks. If we forget to turn the spicket on, we won't have water to wash our clothes, cook our meals, or take cold showers with!. They say Tuesdays are the day, but that isn't always true. It requires constant checking to make sure that we don't flood our tanks and have water flow into our home. My roomie is wonderful. In a moment of inspiration, we went to buy concrete blocks to create planters on our patio. Thank you Grandma and Mom for sending vegetable seeds. Our patio is now a container garden. I don't know what I'd do without it. Everyday I check to make sure caterpillars aren't eating the leaves. I've set a box near where I garden for my cat friend to sleep while I work with the plants. The soil here on this island is no good. We brought soil in from the other island and it is doing the job. "
Tomorrow I finish the series of this life changing adventure.....