Or “Driving on 3rd gear from Lajes to Santa Cruz”.
That’s definitely one of the signs of becoming more of a local than tourist; to be able to handle the turns and hills in such a way that you don’t need to drive only in 2nd gear, but actually can manage to use 3rd and 4th all the way between the villages.
Here are some other signs of starting to become a bit more like the locals:
* You think white bread is perfect and can’t remember why you would eat anything but wheat or corn bread.
* You’re seriously thinking whether you should get some chickens and then a cow, or maybe a goat first.
Cows and calves in Lajes
* You think traffic lights and highways are scary and don’t know if you want to go there again.
* You feel ripped off if a double espresso costs more than € 0.60.
Double espresso, €0.50 in Fazenda
* You think placing stones on the roof of the house is a great way to secure the tiles from flying off.
This roof might need something more than just stones…
* You open windows and doors and air out blankets, pillows and everything else made of fabric as soon as it’s dry outside. (including mattresses, teddy bears, fleece pajamas and more.)
* You’re totally fine with only having fresh food shipments every two weeks and think the idea of a huge supermarket is silly.
Supermarket in Lajes
Soon time for a new shipment
* You’re seriously thinking about getting a truck, a moped or a tractor. Who needs fancy cars when you can have workable vehicles.
* You no longer raise an eyebrow when there are chickens in the neighbor’s trees at night.
* You’re longing to mount a bread-box someplace, where the morning bread is delivered.
Bread- and post box combined
Bread box next to water meter
* Either you buy UHT-milk in the store, or you get fresh milk from the cow – are there other ways?
* Hiking and walking is mainly for tourists.
Lucky and Anders on one of our first hikes on the western part of the island