Monday, August 20, 2012

casa continued

Looking from living room into entra-way
One of the large bedrooms
Second bedroom with its own bathroom


Entering the apartment, has entra hallway where you can go to living room, laundry/storage room or to the right a large kitchen.  Down to the left is three bedrooms.  Hallway bathroom, the other bathroom is located next to bedroom.  A big sunroom is for hanging your clothes on two lines.
In June, I bought a couch so more guests could use and I changed everything to the left side of the room.  Now my neighbors across can't see me at the study desk, and I fixed some new sheer green curtains for more of privacy.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Beach of Tarrafal

A cobalt sea, string of litttle coves and a flat land under the forbidding mountains are what make Tarrafal.  The beach sports, fishing, sunbathers is great for soft white sand, and artists displaying their wares.

Elder and Sister Broderick from Mindelo are down here meeting town officials for one of their welfare projects.  Such a great couple from Danville, California, not too far from where Mike and Carrie live.  He is retired from Chervon.


The 80km trip from Praia along the central road takes two hours and allugueresleave all day.  I left at 8:00 AM and switched in Assomada and picked up women with their market produce to take up the road.  It had started raining, and umbrellas came out on the streets.  I could have worn a sweater!
This is where the women took their bags of corn, and fruits to the market place.

Branch in Assomada

This Branch has a font
Chapel area
Elder Wirkus and Hutber in front of the Assomada Branch

Buildings of Assomada

Elder Wirkus and myself at the start of Market Square in Assomada--Elder Hutber is taking our picture
Elders in front of the 50 bed hospital north of town
Color is seen in European style of the City's health clinic


The drive from Praia to Assomada is 1 1/2 hours of spectacular views when jagged clifftops come into view.
An attractive town at the heart of Santiago famous for its museum and market.  The market of Assomada is one of the largest on the island, crammed with agricultural products and crafts.  It is the central collection and distribution point for products produced throughout the surrounding countryside. ( You can see some of the wares in next story of Tarrafal)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Inside the Branch chapel

Outside of Sal's Branch
Sal has a one year old hospital with doctors trained in Cuba, 50 bed capacity with 6 nurses.  Dentist gave us the 40 minute tour.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Esargos draws its unlikely name from the wild, yellow-flowered, red berried asparagus bushes that are said to grow on sandy parts of the island
The arrival at Sal on an international airport descent indicates rocky planes, on the coast line, you see fancy resorts, and in the southern island is tourist city of Santa Maria with 11 miles of pure white sands, and crystal clear aquablue waters.
Sal is a top windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing destination and offers good diving and fishing  and largest number of organised tourist activities.  My visit is to seek out the local medical facilities, just a one day trip, but I will return another time.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Diving, anyone??
Sister Fehoko
Sister Beus and moi holding the Church sign to the Branch
Coast line
Ribeira Grande
Santa Antonio das Pombas Paul Festival includes horse racing, vendors, parades.

Trip to Ponta do Sol

Santo Antao

Trip to Ponta do Sol was from Mindelo on fast ferry which took 40 minutes from the Island of Sao Vicente to Island of Santo Antao.  Then after docking in Porto Novo and collecting your overnight bag, there is a guy with a sign "Sister Cummings"  waving it among the other signs for you to find the right vehicle to travel to where the Sisters apartment was in Ponta do Sol a two hour winding road near the coast line areas where the waters were lapping the shores.  I do believe you could surf on those waves if you didn't come in contact with the rocks on the shorelines.  We had nice smooth road almost all the way.  First encounter to meet--the goats & few cows crossing the road. " Get along doggies"--Following cliffs and with numerous tunnels hewn out of the rock, you will reach Vila da Pombas (Paul) in 20 minutes.  A vast ribeira home to thousands of people and their agriculture--sugarcane, breadfruit and bananas.  Getting to Ponta do Sol is at the end of the road.  A gracious town, built on a breezy peninsula.