This is Steve. Today is Monday. It's been raining since 4 O'clock this morning. It's now 6:30 local time. The skies were lit up before the rain storm with light shows of lightning flashes. It's peaceful with the steady rain, the birds are chirping away. We lost electricity last night, apparently that happens often. That is one of the challenges the Villagers face in El Sur. Sarah is getting the girls up. We are off to work on the first bridge that crosses the creek heading out of the pueblo to some of the houses. The center of town has a few houses, the church, the community center, and a store/bar. On the other side of the creek, up the hill are several other homes. Each night we split up in two 's or three's and have dinner at someone else home. Last night Andrea and I ate at the Sanchez's house. They have lived in El Sur for 50 years; many of the younger generation in town are their family. According to Carmen, there used to many more families in the village, but most have moved to San Jose because there is no way to make a living in El Sur, except for farming. It's the objective of Globe Aware to help these people attract tourism to help provide a living for the families.
Last night after dinner, we went over to the store. They had karaoke night. I think Dean did the best, when he sang the Beatles. Carry defiantly took the prize with her Salsa steps. We came back to the cabanas and the girls discovered was a bird resting on the ledge of the A frame roof. They ascended, being the naturalist that they are to leave the rest of the cabana for the duration.
The setting in the mountains is picturesque. The flora and the fawn are abundant. Scott is intrigued with the different types of birds and somewhat knowledgeable about which one to watch for. Yesterday when Andrea and I were getting a tour of Carmen's sugar processing shop, his wife screamed something in the background. Carmen ran to the woodpile, grabbed a plank and bolted into the chicken coop. He proceeded to stun a snake that was clearly in the hen house trying to snatch some eggs. It was about 4 feet long, beautiful, iridescent green pattern. He'll know better than to mess with Carmen again.
Last interesting note for now. There are mosquitoes around, but surprisingly few. I can't figure out why, but will continue to explore. Kinds of bizarre giving our cabinas are right by a river and the fact it rains everyday.