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Cabo Verde

Bon Dia!  Tudu fixi?  I’m alive and well in Cabo Verde.  Right now I have very limited internet access, but I will try to write blog posts at home and upload  as many of them at once.   I am going to schedule my posts to post one or two a day for as long as it takes to get current.  At first you will get a lot of posts that are about things that happened to me over the past month and eventually I will get caught up to the present.

Thus far I’m in the middle of pre-service training in the Consehlo of Picos, Cape Verde on the island of Santiago.   I live in the mountains in the middle of the island of Santiago.  Specifically,  I live in a house with a family of eight Cabo Verdeans in txada liton abaixo.  Each volunteer is assigned a host family to live with during the nine week pre-service training.   The idea is to promote total cultural immersion to facilitate learning the language and culture in as short a time as possible.   I think it is working pretty well so far.

I have a phone!  My number is country code 238 and 971-3381.  The phone service is spotty where I’m staying now so if you try to call and don’t catch me, keep trying!   I have only had one call longer than 5 minutes in the three weeks I have been here and I would love to hear from you.  Also, my mailing address right now is:

Matthew Kubal, PCT

A/C Corpo Da Paz

C.P. 373-Praia

Republic of Cape Verde

I’m told you should write via Boston or via P ortugal on the package somewhere, but I don’t know if that part really matters or not.  Thus far it sounds like packages take around 10 days to arrive in cape verde.  From there it could be up to a week before the package actually makes it into my hands.

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The pic above is me in a mango tree picking fruit with my host brother.   We hiked for two hours each way in the mountains to get to a small grove of trees on a mountainside that were filled with ripe and absolutely delicious mangoes.


  1. BObbie wrote:

    yeah mattie!! He’s alive 🙂

    Friday, August 13, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink
  2. Gemma wrote:

    Great that you have a blog – I love blogs!
    I really look forward to reading about your wonderful adventures. No doubt you will love Cape Verde!

    Friday, August 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Permalink
  3. tim wrote:

    Yea! You are up and running! Nice pic from the tree. Maybe you should use the closed toe shoes for climbing trees, or think about a long stick, for knocking down the booty. I like how you will catch up to today, but what about tomorrow. Will tomorrow be on the catch up line of writing or the new line of writing? Isn’t there a recursive loop there somewhere? I guess we’ll see how you deal with Today, and all the other Todays until you catch up to reality, once you do catch up. I’m caught in a vortex.
    This is Matt, in the giving tree:

    Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 5:40 am | Permalink
  4. Lorie Reyes wrote:

    love mangoes!! glad you are getting immersed in the culture. take care.

    Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink
  5. mom wrote:

    wonder if via boston is faster than via portugal. Sorry I misspelled Praia previously!

    Our friends want to follow your blog! Sounds like you are learning the language fast! Love Mom

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink
  6. mattk wrote:

    I’m not sure. Most of the packages I see have “via portugal” on them. I would go with that.

    Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

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