another view of the same volcano, in capelinhos.
lighthouses swallowed by volcanic ash, and new islands that emerge from the sea. i’m always fascinated by volcanoes.
may was mostly about azores, hiking, eating and watching birds… bliss! :D
we still worked and did all the things that are required to keep things running, but it was a more relaxed month overall and i think we needed that to reset and gain some strength for the months ahead. onwards!
one of the last hikes in the island was the PRC8PIC in s. roque, on the north coast of pico. it’s famed for the many water mills that line the path up the hill, though of those only the outer structure remains. still, the walk and the views are really nice. parts of the trail go through sunken paths where cows peek at us from above, or river beds of volcanic rocks softened by water and rolling stones. a nice, quick walk to stretch and remove some of the soreness from our tired legs, after climbing pico.
and i think that’s it for the pico adventures! these were some magical 2 weeks in the land of volcanoes, and i can’t wait to one day go back and explore some more. :)
so one of the things i like to do when visiting a place is to walk around the supermarket and find the things we can’t find at home (see here, here, here or here). i didn’t expect to actually see a lot of these in azores, since well, this is still portugal after all… and yet, a supermarket there, even a chain from the mainland, is still a bit different from what we find around here.
first off, you can tell you’re a bit closer to the usa from the kind of things and brands they stock:
and then, there are lots and lots of local products, far more than you’d see in any region in portugal! stuff like meat, cheese and dairy of course, but also vegetables grown in the islands, local teas and jams, biscuits and tinned stuff, and even pizza!
i wish i had some of these in the mainland too though, they were great — especially the cheeses and breads!