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Where I live

I live in a little community called Txupana on the Island of Santiago.  You won’t find it on a map and if you asked the average Cape Verdean, they probably wouldn’t know where it was.  It is a small community of around 80 people on the side of the second largest mountain in Cape Verde.   I happen to work only a 10 minute hike up the mountain from where I live, but my job and where I work will have to wait for another post.

Txupana is a community built on a ridge that is about 50 yards wide with valleys on either sides.   My house lies on a rocky path accessible only by foot.  It is about a 20 minute hike from the main road that traverses the island to my house on the mountain.  My two most immediate neighbors (we share a roof) are cattle.   My house consists of one large room with a table, chairs, china cabinet (used to store my clothing) and bed.  The other smaller room has a bed and some old rusty barrels.   I have a toilet that is bucket flushable.  Running water is not going to happen during my service here.  I don’t have power at the moment, but it is possible that I will get it before I finish my service.

The photos and the video (click here) below should fill you in on the rest.

Here is a view of the front of my house. I think Peace Corps made my landlord put the bars on the windows. None of the other houses have them and I certainly don't feel in any danger. I get loads of visitors and I like to have games and toys for the kids to play with. Very rarely do I see youth in my community with toys of their own. The jumpropes donated by my Aunt and Uncle were a big hit.

While packing to return home to the USA for Christmas I was dancing about in my room listening to 1950's dance music. Some girls from my community decided to join me, I dressed them in my sunglasses and we had a dance party. I taught them to twist. They wanted to know the dance to every other song. All I know is the twist, so we twisted to everything.

This is the view of my room from my front door. This room is my bedroom/kitchen/living room. The mosquito net is less for keeping mosquitos away (they aren't very prevalent on the mountain) and more for keeping away other creepy crawlies.

A guy from a community next to mine wanted to record a song (I'm guessing it was for a girl, but he didn't say). I let him use my mic and the recording software on my computer. It was definitely a love ballad in Krioulu.

My guest bedroom and where I get to sleep when you come visit. You are invited.

My toilet. The waistbasket to the right is for the disposal of used tp (you can't flush it here). The blue barrel to the left is for flushing. You use a bucket to pull water from the barrel and pour it directly into the toilet bowel to flush. The toilet area has a corrogated plastic roof, but is more or less open on one side. No sink, tub or shower. Showering is done in the waterfalls in the wet season and via bucket baths during the dry season.

The view looking out from my front porch on a sunny day during the wet season.

Click here for the video tour of my house in Txupana

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