So Monday was my birthday, and after class we had a little party in one of the cabanas where we hold lessons.

My "birthday cake" - arroz con leche with Oreos.
My “birthday cake” – arroz con leche with Oreos.

 

On Thursday us students with our teachers hiked about 40 minutes to a nearby waterfall:

On the way to the waterfall.
On the way to the waterfall.
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La Cascada – The Waterfall.
Below the waterfall.
Below the waterfall.

 

It’s bean harvest time, so a lots of people are shucking and drying beans in the mornings before it rains:

Beans laying out to dry in the morning sun.
Beans laying out to dry in the morning sun.
BEEEEAAAAANS.
BEEEEAAAAANS.

 

And in the afternoon, it rains:

Afternoon downpour.
Afternoon downpour, view from my front door.

 

And the whole family huddles inside, usually without power, and waits it out:

Mi hermanita (little sister), Carolina.
Mi hermanita (little sister), Carolina.
Mis otras hermanas (my other sisters), Daniella and Eneida.
Mis otras hermanas (my other sisters), Daniella and Eneida.

 

On Friday there was a party, and one family used the wood oven to make rosquillas – cane sugar cookies:

Making rosquillas (cookies with cane sugar topping).
Making rosquillas (cookies with cane sugar topping).
So many rosquillas.
So many rosquillas.

 

And here’s a view of the village school:

"Never was there so much homeland in one heart." A mural on the side of the secondary school.
“Never was there so much homeland in one heart.” A mural on the side of the secondary school.
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