So what, you say? What is it? Where is it? See that yellow dot on the left side bottom of this map?
That is Madeira. The main city is Funchal, which I lived in for several months during my mission.
Funchal and the island of Madeira are washing away as we speak. Some freaky storm has hit it, a land once visited by Christopher Columbus in the 1400s. It is devastating to see on the news. But you might not really understand HOW devastating.
This is Sandesh, the 12 year old man of the family we rented a room from. His mother had married her first cousin thus resulting in children with disabilities--serious eye deformanties. The father took off and the mother was poor. They weren't LDS, but rented each set of the two sets of us sister missionaries a room. It was a pretty nice house for the area, but even for their decent living standard, no lawnmower.
Sandesh had to cut the lawn with these clippers.
A never-ending task for him.Another way to cut grass was to use this mini sickle like on his shoulder. I know, I look so different. I was heavier (that 4 pm ice cream--gelato--cone every day may have had something to do with it!) and really pale. This man was just sitting on the side of the road and what i liked about him where his hands, and that he had one tooth. That was very common.