|My friends, visiting a beach on the other side of the country from where|
they live. It's only about 20 miles; it's a small country.
|Clowning around for the photo ... they took 100+ pictures|
with the cameras.
Sao Tome and Principe is a tiny island country in western Africa's Gulf of Guinea. They face tremendous challenges as they labor to build a stable government and economy. They're perhaps more likely to succeed than most coastal nations. They're small enough to keep folks aware and involved; they're government is perhaps less corrupt than ours.
Like kids everywhere, these enjoy the chance to goof off for a few hours. Unlike the developed world's youth, these have only little concern with fashion or possessions or some 'in crowd'. They and their parents are content to be fed, housed, and healthy. They have virtually no violence or crime, primarily perhaps because everyone is poor and everybody knows everybody.
|It's 85 degrees and sunny, pretty much every day, year around. |
A perfect place for beach lovers.
Houses are commonly raised off the ground to keep critters out,
and the upward air flow through the floor from the shaded
area underneath cools the house a bit.
Most live in the simplest of homes. Electricity is available in most areas, but hasn't been particularly reliable. The country's new power plant provided by Taiwan as a development project should improve things.
Our hope for the little country is the same as theirs, that the country can develop moderately and sustainably, and avoid the decimation we've seen in the oil-rich economies. None of those have done particularly well.