By the way, this is the street where I am staying — a politician in the family?
It was kind of drizzling and windy all morning, and at the time when I was supposed to meet Roseanne and August at the port for the boat trip to Corvo it turned into a major downpour. I don’t know if they ended up going or not, but it didn’t strike me as the optimal conditions for an enjoyable outing, so I bailed. I hope they had a good time, whatever they did. Instead, I wandered around the town a bit more. Checked out the old church (1727) that is now part of the museum. They are building a fancy new museum down the street, still under construction, so the old museum is in a transitional state of disarray. No exhibitions up, but they did allow me inside to look around. Very nice. Then I went over to the big “new” church (19th century), which is much more “majestic" (see photo below).
Walked down to the harbor and recorded some nice gurgling sounds of waves coming up through the rocks. I then realized that the waterfront area at the end of my street is called Porto Velho (Old Port). This is of course significant, because it means that Caetano and Maria Isabel very possibly would have started their respective sea journeys to the US here. My efforts to record there were foiled by cars and people, so I’ll go back later.
Eventually the weather cleared somewhat and I went for a swim and made some more recordings at the natural pools as I had them almost to myself today.
In my wanderings I saw a flyer for the Festa do Espirito Santo that starts here on July 20. I will still be around, so may try to make it up from Lajes to record the opening rituals, which involve singing of hymns and solemn processions. That seems like it would be an important piece for me to have — much more interesting than the big party that will happen in the days that follow.