last monday during my volunteer visit we went to plan with vicente, one of zac's counterparts. he lived slightly inland up a dirt road where he has a small farm. according to zac, he is a farmer by morning and experienced teacher by afternoon. it was evident that vicente had his ducks in a row because we showed up and he already had a good idea of what we were going to talk about. prototypes and providers and he wanted to teach it a certain way. we offered a few suggestions and then finalized the plan. from what i have seen, co-planning is not always this easy and can be one of the more frustrating aspects of the job at times. i was glad to see that there are times when things do work out and there is a good relationship between PCV and local counterparts. we went to class later in the day and everything went pretty much as planned.
vicente showed us around his farm after we finished planning. he had all kinds of different plants growing. plantains, avocado, passion fruit, coconuts, etc. we cut down some coconuts and had a taller de coco (coconut workshop) where he deftly demostrated how to use the machete to cut open just the top of the coconut in order to drink the water inside and then to use one of the pieces cut off as a spoon to scoop out the meat. it was awesome. we threw around some ideas of things he could do with all of his products, specifically making coconut oil. he was very interested and we decided to investigate the process later in the day. unfortunately, i didn't bring my camera to take pictures of the taller. next time.
|our guide was super excited to|
show us this dead snake
|this massive tree along the path.|
it apparently used to be 30m tall
but was buried after the eruption
in the 40s. it still was pretty tall.
|the start of the real hike|
|butterfly along the path|
|at the mirador|
|the start of things to come|
|near the summit|
|apparently just over this ledge we would find the crater.|
|the whole group|
|on the way down|
|this may be a bit dramatic, but it was steep|
|the clouds opened up a bit and we could see down to the lake!|
|looking back up into the mist|
on the way to the island we took a ferry, but on the way back we took a lancha because the next ferry left too late for us to get back to our training towns. the boat looked about 25% as safe as the ferry, yet still seemed to be floating, so we hopped on board and gladly paid half the price to return. it was funny because everyone was just sitting on the deck of the boat for an hour. it really felt like a scene from a movie.
|just chilling for an hour. nbd.|
|this guy in blue was high as a kite, and i was waiting for him to fall off. he didn't though.|
|the boat we took did not look like this at all. this was a cruise liner in comparison. i just took it for the name.|
|the captain still took his job very seriously. don't worry mom.|