by Nejma Peter
(New Smyrna Beach, Florida USA)
I visited the Azores (Faial)28 years ago! I never forgot them or their people. I was crossing the Ocean with my husband and was 8 months pregnant on my way to Tunisia where I'm originally from and where I wanted my child to be born. It was in June 1983. The weather was cold and rainy and on top of everything I had badly burned my foot on the boat but I did not care. I fell in love with the place and it's people. The doctor who took care of me was wonderful.His family was wonderful. The 2 young men we took as our crew were wonderful. I loved the market and the fact that we could get bread from Peter's cafe if we were late getting to the market !
Ever since that short visit I promised myself to go back again , visit all the islands and see my friends again.
Well, I granted myself that wish because I'm going back this June. I've gotten in touch with my doctor and one of our crew members. And believe it or not they still have the same phone number!!! Where else in the world would anybody have the same phone number for 30 years? In the Magical Azores of course. Because life is simple, pleasant , stress free and not spoiled by mass tourism and greed.
By the way most people I know never heard of the Azores!Even my travel agent friend had no idea where they were!!!!Well I should not be surprised. I'm from Tunisia and most Americans have no clue where it is!!!
I'm so much looking forward to my visit I can hardly wait.
I will send pictures and write about this experience .
Thanks for sharing your story. There's nothing for me to add other than to say how right you are! I can't wait to hear about your trip. All the best