|Majestic trees up on the hill in coffee country near Apaneca|
|The place overlooking Apaneca where we watched the zipliners.|
It's kind of funny that everyone else was silent while they ziplined, but not this noisy person. Yes, someone obviously had a very, very good time. :-)
After returning to Apaneca, we climbed back onboard the bus and went to the colorful town of Concepción de Ataco (Ataco, for short -- see the very last photo in this entry, below). This was our opportunity to shop. S bought a beautiful shirt and scarf, and I bought several scarves and a table runner.
|Some of the beautiful textiles for sale in Ataco.|
|Preparing for the boat ride on Lago de Coatepeque|
|One of the many lovely lakeside homes.|
|I mean, really, what's not to like?|
|Lago de Coatepeque from the mountain road. Breathtaking!|
Our days started early. Breakfast was at 6:30, after which we'd all meet on the hotel roof at 7:10 for our daily meeting. The vans picked us up at 7:30 for the 30 minute trip to the work site. Most days we worked until 16:00 or so.
|Beautiful mural on the side of the building in Ataco where we shopped.|
We worked in a town called Candelaria de la Frontera, which is along the Pan-American Highway close to the border with Guatemala. There were two houses, one at the front of the property and one in the back, that were being built for two sisters. Their mother was the landowner, and she as with us during the days while her daughters worked their jobs. By the way, part of the deal with getting a Habitat house is that the homeowner or someone in their family has to provide some sweat equity. Also, Habitat houses aren't free. The homeowners buy the houses and they have to qualify by having a certain monthly income in order to make payments. What makes it viable is that the price of the house is lower because of the cost of materials is lower, and because so much of the labor is from volunteers. (I'm just adding this here because until I started volunteering, I really wasn't sure what the deal was.)
OK, that said, I'm going to end this entry now and focus the next one on the actual construction process . . .