Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
152Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Around sunset we heard a coconut fall from a tree, went to see if we could find it… Maria and her mother (also Maria) came out to look for it too. We learned that they sell coconuts in town. We’d seen plenty of coconut vendors in Mexico and Guatemala, but never tried it, so she brought us our first coconuts, with the tops cut off and straws to drink the yummy water inside. A friend of theirs climbed the trees to cut down more coconuts for them, he made it look easy, but I tried climbing one and believe me, it’s not easy.
On winter solstice, we played in the ocean for hours (the water was unbelievably warm). Gabriel and Isai brought their tablas (translates to surfboards, but these were actual fence boards they used to ride the waves). We were sitting around afterwards when a 5.6 earthquake hit, Rover rocked (causing Isai to jump off the hood in surprise), the tall coconut trees swayed. It was comforting to know that there was no need to get away from windows (there were none), no need take cover under something sturdy because there were no buildings to collapse on us, or coconuts to fall on us, we were safe.
Maria Senior brought more coconuts, this time they were mature ones, the water inside tasted slightly fermented, it meant that the coconut meat inside was edible, once we finished the water, she removed the meat for us, such a treat! I am awed by how generous and sweet they are, we think of them often.