Study Portuguese in the Azores - Language Immersion Program

Learn to Speak Portuguese in the Azores - Preparing for your trip

 

CLIMATE

  • Weather is warm and humid at sea level and cooler in the mountains. A windbreaker will be needed for some of the sightseeing tours and ferryboat rides. Current

 

MONEY


PACKING / CLOTHING

  • PACK LIGHTLY! Washing machines are available. Moving heavy luggage is no fun.
  • Casual clothes are appropriate: walking shorts, tee shirts, slacks, sturdy walking shoes, sandals, bathing suit, sun hat and a windbreaker. Cottons/blends are good choices.
  • Bring all medications and a copy of any prescriptions you are taking. You will take several ferryboat rides. Bring medication if you tend to get seasick.
  • Pack sunglasses and cosmetics, including sunscreen (expensive to buy).
  • Do not fill your suitcase. Leave room for souvenirs.

 

PHOTOS

  • Bring camera(s) and film. Film developing is reasonable in Velas, and one hour service is available.
  • For digital cameras, bring extra memory cards.

 

SHOPPING

  • Small shops carry a limited variety of merchandise, but it’s fun to “poke” around. Shops close during the lunch hour, usually noon -1:30.
  • All health remedies are sold only in pharmacies, including over-the-counter medications.
  • Some stores / factories / artisan shops will ship purchases to the US.

 

FOOD

  • Most restaurant meals feature meat and fish. There are not many vegetarian options. Rice and potatoes are often served, but not many vegetables.
  • Restaurants begin serving dinner about 6:00 p.m. Local wines are reasonably priced and enjoyable.

 

INTERNET ACCESS / COMMUNICATION

  • Internet available to send or check e-mails. Wifi available in town at various location.
  • Telephones are available at the post office from 9:00am to 5:00pm on week days.
  • An emergency line is available 24 hours for incoming calls. Family can call and leave a message at any time for a student.

 

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