This was the biggest adventure of my life so far. I think there are two things that Adventures can do for you. First, they develop character and secondly, they TEST you for any character.
There was no need to complain, no need to worry and no need to despair of anything.
My beautiful Suegra, Mama Tina with the chocolate cake I made her. It took eight hours to bake! They cook in clay ovens with wood. I learned leaping flames does not necessarily mean the oven is hot. We ate the cake immediately ~ before it melted away ~ and the children licked their plates.
My sweet niece, Teresa, and Mama Tina
These ladies, mi cunada and her daughters tried to take a picture without smiling...Not with Tia Laura behind the camera!
The road down to Azacualpa - you can see it was a bumpy ride...QUITE a bumpy ride.
My Teresa with her umbrella to guard her from el sol. Below those trees is where we stayed most nights...with the sound of the passing river and the stifling green house air. Though it was very difficult to climb the mountain, at least there was a breeze at the top of it.
There is at least one of these little pericos in every home we visited. They talk and squawk and are very friendly. When Mr. Santos and I were first married, he brought two of them home. I never enjoyed them because we lived in a tiny apartment and they were so LOUD. I didn't know that they were such a huge part of his culture...what reminded him of his homeland. I wish I could take back all my complaints of those little birds. "This one" and "That one" (their names) eventually went to live in a beautiful Aviary with many other tropical birds.
This black and white pig was cute at first, until he started CHASING me down the mountain. I was terrified! My little companion (12 year old Teresa) laughed her head off when I suddenly screamed, threw all my stuff in the air and ran like mad. She casually picked up a stick and SSSHHDD it away. We took a break from our walk so that she could take time to slap her knees a few times as she tried to stop giggling at her crazy Tia Laura.
This is the oven I made a chocolate cake in and the guest that sleeps in it every night.