Category Archives: Richly Simple

Fashionably Unfashionable

Before coming to Cape Verde, I was anxious about leaving all my stuff behind, all the comforts of life.  It may sound silly, but it’s true.  I wondered if I could survive without a washing machine, a microwave, a refrigerator, … Continue reading

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Don’t Hate…Appreciate

About a week ago, I learned the Kriolu word for hate (odio).  For more than a year and a half, I had no need for this strong, extreme word.  It’s probably a good thing I never knew this word because … Continue reading

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Hello World

 “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.  You are constantly off balance.  Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the … Continue reading

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More than McDonald’s

Lunch.  In America, it’s a quick sandwich while looking at your computer screen, or running through the drive-thru as you eat in the car.  And on very busy days, you might not even eat lunch.  Here, it’s a two-hour ordeal, … Continue reading

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Never Stop

Life is about trying. It’s about dancing when you have two left feet.  It’s about singing when you can’t carry a tune.  It’s about loving when no one is perfect.  It’s about attempting to find beauty in the every day.  … Continue reading

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Good Reads

As a result of no television and limited access to media, I’ve been passing my time with an assortment of books.  And you know what?  I’ve enjoyed every minute of it — curling up on the beach with a good … Continue reading

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Aunt

Tia.  Such a simple word, yet packed with meaning.  In Cape Verde, children call their parents’ friends, or any female adult that plays a role in their life, tia (aunt).  It’s how it should be, right?  We should take an … Continue reading

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