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Mar '12

A day in the countryside

One of the fringe benefits of volunteering at La Bib is that we are lucky enough to be able to connect with long-time residents of Banos who know about all the best activities in the area.  Some of our best hikes and favorite places here in Banos were recommendations that we otherwise would have missed.

A couple Sundays ago, we were lucky enough to be able to go on an outing organized by the director of Fundacion Arte Del Mundo. All the volunteers were invited and by the time we left, we had 20 people piled in the back of truck ready for a day in a little pueblo called Vizcaya.

We drove for about 30 minutes (which is about all the time you’d want to travel standing up in the back of truck with 19 other people…:)) and ended up in a beautiful mountain area.

We walked down to a river and sat and played by the river for about an hour.

The two young girls with us decided we needed to be a bit more festive and fashioned these lovely hats for each and every one of us 🙂

We're looking good now!

After that, it was time to work. We had come on this outing to catch trucha (trout) and then head over to a local woman’s house for a feast!

So, we got our fishing pole (yes, one fishing pole for all 20) and got ready for a long day of fishing….

Well, ok. to be entirely honest, next to the river was a trout farm and we merely had to dip our line in the pond and pull out our trout.  But, we had a great time and each caught a fish that was promptly cleaned and then we were off to our host’s home for some cooking.


After de-scaling the fish, the women in the kitchen pulled out the largest fry pan you’ve ever seen (2 ft. diameter at least) and began the biggest fish fry I’d ever seen.


Aaron helping prepare lunch

The food was delicious and we had a wonderful time just relaxing outside.  After a while, Aaron and I got antsy and started playing games outside, like seeing how high we could build a stick fort…that the children promptly lit on fire, which we pyros thought was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

At least we weren't the ones who gave the kids matches.... 🙂


4 comments to “A day in the countryside”

  1. Elaine Olson Says:

    Hi Abby and Aaron,
    Wow, what great pictures. So glad you are having wonderful experiences there. We had a nice e-mail from your Mom who told us all about her visit with you. What a neat birthday gift to her for you all to be together.
    Continue to enjoy your adventure, Aunt Elaine

  2. Aunt Kathy Says:

    What a perfect outing! Reminds me of when Grandma and Grandpa took Aaron and John, Roman and Issac and Kevin to the Trout Farm in the mountains of Colorado. What fun! Keep up the great pictures and reports. I love living elsewhere through your experiences! Love ya both.

  3. Rita Says:

    Hi Abbs and Hubby,

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful adventure! This is awesomeness!!!

  4. Abby Says:

    Hey Rita! Thanks for reading about our adventure-We are having an amazing time and still can’t quite believe we’re able to do this. Hope all is great with you–Miss you!

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