|The "huge" pool. Notice the palm trees at the sides. This is the deep end and there is no one in it!|
From Left to Right:
Alex: He is married and has a son. He is the head of the "local economy" team. He is outgoing, fun and talks fast. The day I understand Alex completely in a regular conversation, I will know that I understand Spanish! Alex has discovered that he likes peanut butter, but doesn't think that peanut butter toast is a complete breakfast all by itself. He is a good cook and makes fried plantains that are my favourite food here.
Jenny: Jenny is my "host". I live with her in both of my houses. She is the head of administration which means she is in charge of finance, HR, physical plant and cars. Jenny is smart and personable. She knows everything about everything and everyone. One day I thought I knew something that she didn't and it turned out someone had lied to me! Occasionally we have overnight guests at our house. They are usually young women from the office who have come to seek Jenny's counsel on family or relationship issues.
Vinicio: Venicio is the young hottie of the house but he doesn't act like he knows it. He is 22 and in great shape. He has been incredibly kind to me and he has a very special place in my life here. He is doing a joint project between ADES and another agency REDES (they like acronyms here as much as we do) that has something do with optimizing corn production. I'm not sure that I'd understand it in English! For a while he too was a bit of an outsider, despite speaking the language and the culture. We bonded while he is was in his first few difficult weeks here.
Vicenta: She works with the women in the Co-operative that run a restaurant and give out micro-credit loans to small home based businesses.Vincenta is the "mischievious" one of the group. She is a lot of fun and enjoys playing cards. However, you have to watch her because she likes to "bend" the rules a lot! She lived for a while in the US and then studied for 5 years in Cuba. She makes most of the suppers at our house. Her beans are the best I have had. We believe it is the Cuban influence.