When we arrived at the Pueblito it was profoundly dark, as each house only had one very dim light that was powered by solar. The stars are amazing when it is sooo dark! Gladys' mother welcomed all of us to her house with a meal of fried fish, and yucca. It was super yummy and we all sat around on the bare wood floor and ate with our hands! It was like stepping back in time.
The house was approx 30X20, made of wood, and all one room. It is built up off the ground so that you enter by a wooden ladder. There are no doors or windows, just bare wood walls! There are no tables, chairs, or any "creature comforts" that we are used to! The only bed that belonged to them they very generously gave to Rudi and I to use! It was slightly softer than the floor... I think!! Emily slept with me on it one night and said that the sleeping bag on the floor was softer the next night! It still was super hospitable of them to let us use it. That was basically the way they were with all of their things. What they had was ours to use!
After our meal we set up tents and mosquito nets to sleep in and under. There were five individual sleeping areas by the time we were done. We took over 3/4 of the house with our things. There was just room left for the cooking area and a small area to sit!
|Our Tent home!|
|Clara, Ruth, and Paula, on Tia's "bedroom"!|
|Preparing food below the house!|
|Rudi modeling our dinner!|
|Middle of the Night Preparations!|
In the morning Tia Techy, Rosi, and Gladys' mother (with the hat) spent about two hours cutting them up for our lunch. They were delicious! This picture is also taken inside the house in the "sitting area"!
|Tia Techy, Rosi, Glady's Mom, and Reilmar Gladys' brother|
After lunch was time for the "Jungle Mud Trudge". I was going to put Paula to bed for a nap and wait at home, but Javier talked me into going with all of them to go fishing. I did not know that we would walk about four miles round trip in PURE mud or I think I would have stayed home for the nap. It ended up being a great adventure. Rudi had to remind me a few times about what a great blog this would make!
|A decent stretch of the road!|
|Resting after the long haul!|
|Edwin, Rudi and Paula with Papayas|
|Exotic Jungle Flower|
|Me, Modeling a Banana tree|
|Fishing with nets.|
|Fishing from shore.|
|Our Five Fish|
|A really nice bridge!|
|Ruth washing off her shoes in a little creek|
But before we leave our tranquil spot I wanted to show you our bathroom. You see there are no bathrooms at the Ends of the Earth, so they dug one for us! Between the banana trees below is our beautiful bathroom. It was in full view of the house, so you just had to swallow your pride and go for it! We all bonded a bit more than I wanted to, but what can I say it was a jungle out there!!!
|"Al Fresco Baño"|
|Our Craftsmen wave that it is all done! (Keep in mind that these guys are as tall as I am)|
|Our Captain and His Boat|
|Javier and Techy's Family|
|Edwin and Rosi's Family|
|A Village Reached Only by Water|
|"Chofer Ishmael" and Javier|
|Rudi and Carla's Family|
It was also great to see our "Casa Babies" who had stayed behind with Tia Carmen, who had taken the best of care of them. We are looking forward to the next time we get to go and experience the jungle. It is definitely not a place for the faint hearted!