Elvino (59) , São Jorge, Azores
Interview conducted in Topo, São Jorge, Azores
I was exploring the eastern tip of the island of São Jorge when I came across a a parade of working steers towing old wooden wheeled carts. Some were full of goods from the field otherswith bread. Kids were also leading livestock down the street. There was a marching band and they were handing out wine, bread and cheese. How could you not love such a place. Elvino could see that I was curious and he called me over. He explain that a local woman had organized the event to help the young remember their history. Many of the old men in the streets used these very carts work their field and to move their families from place to place. Elvino’s words follow.
What is your favorite part of living in São Jorge?
I lived in the US a few different times, in the San Francisco bay area. My mother moved me there when I was young. I like the sea here and the relaxed pace.
What is your least favorite part of living?
Honestly there is nothing that I do not love.
Do you see the changes in the natural world?
The weather has been trippy. Today it feels like summer. Our wet season have been dry. I’ve grown potatoes for many years but recently the leaves seem to be starting to burn.
Can you give me an example of something you are doing to reduce your impact on the planet?
Yes, I do not throw things on the street. I am a cigarette smoker but I don’t throw my butts or plastic wrappers and I separate mm garbage.