Summer has already gone. I knew it would be fast, but not that fast! Holidays back home and in Canary Islands (my sister got married!), beach, raising environmental awareness at the Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve, while taking people to the Apollo 11 Mission and to outer-space with the Planetarium that we have in here right now. Looking after the creatures of the Apalpário and observing, day by day, my beloved Seahorses and our baby Choquito. This has been my summer. My amazing and fantastic summer.
Today I have realized that I just have 39 days left in Faro. 39 days to finish my project, to finish my role as a European Volunteer and the feelings are quite mixed. I feel like I am ready for the next step but, at the same time, I cannot but feel sad and afraid for leaving all this behind, all these great people I have found so far, a job that I like a lot, the Marina and its sunsets, and even my old-warm-noisy house.
In order to make this farewell less hard, what I will be doing during these 39 days is to join different activities whenever I can, while I keep up with my work.
The summer in the CCVAlg has passed raising awareness amongst local people and tourists. I have been able to talk to a lot of people and showing them the creatures of the Ria Formosa: hermit crabs, normal crabs, peacock blenny, toadfish, cuttlefish, seahorses…
I have learnt so much about these amazing animals while teaching others 🙂 Meanwhile, as part of my constant process of learning, I got the chance to work at a Planetarium! Apollo 11 Mission, galaxies, constellations…Another fantastic experience that Faro has given to me!
But let’s come back to the “amazing things before leaving”, because I have done the first one of them. Something I have always wanted to do and yesterday, finally, I could accomplish: caving. Yes my dears. Almost three hours, down there, climbing, dragging in the mud, in the darkness…..The results? I WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!!!
The Cave em Vale Telheiro is in Loulé, and I went there thanks to the activities of Ciência Viva no Verão. Here you have the list of the ones left! Be brave, and sign up for one: https://www.cienciaviva.pt/veraocv/2019/ Our guides during the expedition were part of Geonauta (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Geonauta-127596620605567/) and they looked after us and helped us to face our fears. Here you have an image of myself, before and after this adventure! (Special attention to my shoes…)
We went down and down, witnessing salas and salas within the cave. Columns, stalactites and stalagmites in our way. Narrow spaces, in which you apparently could not possibily fit….but you actually can!! Spiders hidden somewhere and small scorpions too (just possible to see them in the caves of the Algarve!). Unfortunatelly we could not see any of these animals, because even though they are blind, they have marvellous and super developed senses of smell and hearing!!! And mud, orange mud that covers your skin, your clothes, your head…Amazing isn’t it??? :D:D
Here you have some more pictures (and I do not discard the fact of showing you more as soon as I have them). The first and last photo correspondes to the entrance/exit of the cave. Narrow spaces, my friends. The very first moments I could swear that I would not fit, I promise!
I truly encourage you to be brave and do always what you want to do! Even if it seems scary, dark, impossible to do…Try it! The feelings after these “jumps” are, simply, indescribable.
See you in the next post (before you can imagine, remember: 39 days….).
Thanks for reading.