I am Jerry from Martinique, the city of Rivière-pilote. I came here for my short term volunteering. I will give you my first impressions about Faro city.
I arrived in the evening around midnight and it was very very very very cold. At midnight was nothing to do with desert streets, but I thought the city was already beautiful and friendly.
When I woke up the next day, it was still cold, “help me” I thought.
That day I got to know the association and its volunteers, they seemed friendly and smiling. On our free time, I sought the rays of the sun to warm myself, which usually I flee to Martinique.
After we went to town to have lunch together. It was a great time and good meal, thank you Jesica. Then we had a city tour which was great. The town is really quiet and friendly. I discovered the marina fairly well, but my favourite moment was when we sat on the village square and the sun came to warm me. We stayed there for a long time, great time. After we went to join other volunteers in a cafe. Very glad to know them. After returning to the marina for a photo shoot and there, the sun abandoned me, signal of the return home for me. Beautiful first day conclusion.
On my second day I realised that life in Faro is like life in Rivière-pilote, Martinique, for example:
1. Rivière-pilote and Faro are both on the south:
2. We have the same food: sweet potatoes, oranges and something similar like Pastéis de Nata and we call it “Flan”:
3. Museums are in front of the beach:
4. Public transportation are quite similar:
The most shocking for me was the difference in price, comparing Portugal and Martinique, it is a huge difference. Food, clothing, tourist activities are much cheaper in Portugal.
Talking about the differences:
1. Population and temperature:
Rivière-pilote: 11,905 inhabitants – 35.78km² – between 22 and 31 degrees;
Faro: 118,000 inhabitants – 201.31km² – between 12 and 24 degrees approximate.
2. The sea and the beaches:
3. Faro has own flag.
4. The colour of Melon is different.
So this is my short first impression.
I love Faro, I love Portugal, but I guess I would love it more in summer :).
I am thinking to come back for my next vacation, if life allows.
-Hi everyone, It was Jerry!-