Monday, August 10, 2009

A hut, Catholicism

The development of the island is so intensive that it would be possible to believe that in only a few years all traces of the idiosyncratic culture of the original Azorean inhabitants will have disappeared completely, replaced by faceless concrete condominiums populated by outsiders.

The local culture is not that easily penetrable, it is often said that the people keep to themselves, that they are reserved, even unfriendly, though that is not my own experience.

I see that many of the houses along this stretch of coast from Santo Antonio to Sambaqui are for sale and suspect that it will be developed soon unless the locals take some action to prevent this- which seems extremely unlikely judging by other parts of the island.

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