Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I am happy to be able to post some pictures of...our first vacation!! On May 23rd Darrin, our friend Kathy and I travelled overland to Dakar, where we met up with Dylan and then flew to Praia, on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. We had a fantastic time, found excellent and economical accomodations, did some hiking and generally enjoyed a slightly cooler climate and a very different culture. I wonder if the language barrier would have bothered me if I hadn't just come from 14 solid months of living where I constantly hear people talking and have no idea what they're saying...but between a few remembered words of Spanish and French, a small number of English speakers we encountered, a VERY small number of Mandinka speakers we encountered, and about 10 servicable words of Creole we learned, we managed pretty well.

In Tarrafal, on the island of Santiago

Darrin and Kathy in Tarrafal

Scary hole in a Tarrafal

Dylan enjoying the view in Tarrafal

Boa Vista

The folks...on Boa Vista!