Harper and Cal traveled like champs that day until Cal threw a major fit the last hour of the second bus ride. We were crammed in tight in an American school bus with three adults to a seat and Cal had had enough. Thankfully after 9 hours and lots of snacks and treats, we finally arrived at our home stay.
Our hosts, Yira and Evelio, are in their late 50s/early 60s. Their son is staying next door at the grandparent’s house with his wife and two-year old daughter. A seven year old granddaughter is also living close by so Harper and Cal have made some new friends. The grandparents are really sweet and welcoming. The grandma has taken a special liking to Danny and they have talked a lot with one another this week.
We have learned a lot about the plants and vegetation of Panama because Evelio is a gardener and he runs a nursery on their property. I wish I could pack a bunch of the flowers into our pack and take them home with us. He is growing tons of colorful lilies and creeping vines. Evelio also taught us about a new fruit this week, called marañon. It looks like a bell pepper and Yira made it into a sweet juice one night for dinner. We were surprised to find out that it comes from the same tree as cashews. They grow like crazy here. Evelio couldn't believe how much we pay for organic cashews at home.
|Cilantro- It looks much different than our version at home. It grows like a weed here and has prickly leaves.|
|The cilantro leaves for eating grow under the sharp spiny leaves shown in the previous picture.|
|Limon Rojo- to the untrained eye it looks just like an orange, but wow is it sour!|
|Playing soccer with our neighbor, Michele|
|This loud and obnoxious puppet is one of the morning newscasters!|