Posts Tagged ‘Culture Shock’

What Emerges

Sunday, December 6th, 2015
The second floor of our 3 story house

The second floor of our 3 story house

 

When in doubt, throw a party. The people will laugh and dance and smile at one another’s joys. The children will wear face paint and run around outside playing. The girls will flirt with the boys. Food will be cooked and consumed generously and drink will flow freely. The wall flowers will bloom along the sidelines, revealing in the eye candy. Musicians will bring their art out into the world and will breathe new laugh into their magic.

Brennan buying a handmade necklace at the festival

Brennan buying a handmade necklace at the festival

 

This weekend Mindo is having a festival and the people brought out their wares and had booths full of colorful fabrics and gorgeous natural jewelry. We enjoyed the music and socializing, in a more causal manner, with the people of Mindo. A new friend (GiGi Patinño, sister of Nelly Patinño) brought me to the discoteca and we had fun circle dancing until midnight.  Then on Sunday she brought us to the waterfalls to swim.

 

Brady by the river

Brady by the river

 

It takes time for the image to emerge. At first it’s all backdrop and foreground. No details. But the more you observe, the more you begin to see the fine lines, curves and color. The more you breathe, the more you can smell the fragrances. The more you listen, the more you can hear the song.

 

I think this sign means, there's a trail here!

I think this sign means, there’s a trail here!

 

This weekend we are starting to see the rhythms of life and the character of the village in which we live. There is so much art inherent in the buildings that earlier just looked makeshift. There is so much earth in the people who earlier were just a sea of bodies. There is so much ingenuity and creativity embedded in the activities that earlier just seemed like simple play and necessary work.

 

That face is saying "this hike isn't easy!"

That face is saying “this hike isn’t easy!”

The natural environment is teeming with life and offers a lot of activity.

Rubi scaling down the cliff. This hike is not easy!

Rubi scaling down the cliff. This hike is not easy!

 

Brennan about to go down a water slide that ends with a 9 foot drop into the river. It's recommended that you slow yourself down during the descent using your hands.

Our Ecuadorian dog who we fed at the festival yesterday showed up miles up into the woods where the waterfalls are located

Our Ecuadorian dog who we fed at the festival yesterday showed up miles up into the woods where the waterfalls are located

Brennan about to go down a water slide that ends with a 9 foot drop into the river. It's recommended that you slow yourself down during the descent using your hands.

 

Swimming; A universal language

Swimming; A universal language