Friday, June 1, 2007

19. Charla (6/1/07)

Friday, June 1, 2007
We had a short siesta at Selva Verde Lodge
Brynne on our balcony
before meeting at the Learning Center
Learning Center
at 5:00 PM for a Charla or "chat" with a local artisan. Again Grant translated, this time for Lida, a Nicaraguan immigrant
Grant introduces Lida (Photo by Linda)
who was grateful for the opportunities the Learning Center provided. She had some training as an artist and did paintings on canvas, on linens, and on recycled paper she made herself.
Lida shows her artwork
With the earnings from selling these items, she is able to buy supplies to do more paintings. She told about herself (her husband and children work on a pineapple plantation) and that they came to Costa Rica for a better life because of the war in Nicaragua. She answered questions, then provided refreshments of coffee and rice pudding. Many of us bought her wares.
Back at Selva Verde, a cooking class there was just ending in the outdoor classroom area. We were able to sample a tortilla filled with chopped hearts of palm, chiles and cilantro, and they also had patacones.
We had a group photo taken.
The group
Being the last night, Jerry & Linda had us write down our five favorite things from the trip. It was hard to choose only five things!
Dinner was vegetable cream soup, salad, fish with garlic sauce or meatballs in tomato sauce, potatoes, mixed vegetables, broccoli, and chocolate cake for dessert.
Kent & Brynne "in" the dining hall fish tank...
Next: 20. The End.

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