Slow internet prompts me to switch tasks, and when I am not painting or drawing, I am usually wading through photos and savoring the memories of life in Latin America. Many of you provided amazing encouragement and praise as Barbara and I stitched memories into that Magic Carpet on the bodega floor! Thank you! Barb is now traveling in Costa Rica with a cluster of good friends who were eager for their own adventures with the Hummingbird!
Here’s a pictorial of several more memories shared while Hummingbird was here:
Four or five blocks from the Fontana Hotel is a unique art museum! Hank, Marie and I stumbled upon it when they visited in November! The second visit was like dropping in on family, and this time Manuel allowed photos!
In Jama, Hostal Ciragan is conveniently located near the center of town.
West of Ciragan is the ‘Casa Blanca’ where the Museum and Library are located on the ground floor.
Between Ciragan and the main town square, a tall ceibo tree hosts a canopy of iguanas. One should always look up and try to count how many are sunning.
One block back from the park and bus stop is the municipality building. I attended a presentation this past week regarding a proposed real estate project, Punta Ballena. The project looks very nice with great eye appeal. Running a road directly behind Coco Beach Village seems a bit insensitive to the homeowners there, and I hope – with my limited Spanish – that I misunderstood the explanation. The second road seems like a great plan that would have little impact on the quiet village or on wildlife. I find myself wondering why two roads are necessary if eliminating one would assure peace in the neighborhood! Hopefully more information will shed a bit more light on the plan, as for now, i assume that’s what it is – the first step.
Down the street from Casa Blanca is Marcelo’s office for internet. As sluggish as my service is during the hours when most people are awake, I am still grateful that I can get internet at home on the river! To my delight, a young friend was quietly waiting on his father, and he extended a warm greeting!
Plans are underway for a new post-painting concurso/competition, tentatively set for June. This will surely be another win-win painting session, and the town will smile with new explosions of color!
With time running out on Barb’s visit, we took a ten-minute bus ride up the coastal highway and bailed out at the gates to Punta Prieta, a quiet hostal and restaurant with a jaw-dropping view. Lovingly designed by Alonzo, it continues to evolve and is a feast for the senses!
After a tour of the gardens, cabanas, and lighthouse, we enjoyed a sunset dinner.
Always the gentleman, Alonzo drove us to Hostal Ciragan in Jama, as we had an early-morning bus to catch!
The pre-dawn awakenings entertained us as Barb awaited her first cup of coffee!
Earlier in the week we traveled to Bahia to purchase material for the Hummingbird painting. We stopped by the museum to say hello to my friends, and Carlos, the guide said, ‘Lisa! There’s a new exhibit, and your painting is included!’ Barb and I wasted no time in going two floors higher to ‘piso uno.’ (How can the third floor be the first floor?!!!)
After a final afternoon and evening in Guayaquil, Barb soared out of Ecuador airspace and touched down in Costa Rica for the next chapter in her travels!
Although she’s now in the northern hemisphere, her spirit will linger in the southern – on the last bend of the river!