Today was the first and last full day of our field trip to the beautiful Fogo Island. We woke up at 7:00 in the community hall where we had spent the night. Our breakfast was prepared for us by some of the lovely residents of Fogo island. It even included jam made from handpicked berries.
After breakfast, we went on a beautiful coastal hike. We walked past the remains of an abandoned settlement before returning to the community hall for a lunch of soup and sandwiches. With the help of some quick mental math, we split off into groups to go to different historical sites around Fogo. We began by exploring the old schoolhouse and Methodist church.
After that, we visited a museum close to one of Marconi’s wireless transmission sites. We also visited a historical mansion on the island known as Bleak House before finishing our tour at Experience Fogo, where we learned how to make fishing nets and more.
After our long day, we had some free time. Most of us spent the time visiting the local shops or hanging out on the rocks by the ocean. We had a delicious potluck dinner, followed by a talk about social businesses and community building, delivered by Alan Cobb. His lecture reminded us of the importance of seeing the world as a whole. After the talk, we participated in some traditional Newfoundland music. We then split off to assemble our own ugly sticks, made from a stick, nails, bottle caps, and a tin can, like the kind the band had used. We ended the day with a fun-filled campfire-less sing along.