I’ve now been out of the hospital a few days and am seeing improvement each day – it’s a slow process, but I am now confident that I’m over the hump and will eventually get back to normal. At this point, we have no idea when I may be able to travel. We aren’t sure what will happen but are considering the possibility of John and the boys heading out without me and I’ll catch up later in a bus. We just don’t know yet.
Seeing as how we are stuck in such a lovely place, we’ve been taking time to go see a few of the places around here. I only have a couple hours of energy each day, but it’s enough to get out of the hotel anyway.
Yesterday we visited a goat cheese factory.
While Daryl was busy taking notes about how they care for the goats, the goats were busy chewing on his shirt.
The rest of us were cracking up!
On our way back to the hotel, our hotel owner Susana, stopped by the cinija factory so we could see how they made the massive wine or water urns.
It takes about two months of building up layer upon layer of clay to make the urn, then another two or three months of drying before it’s ready to be finished. Once they smooth the surface, they fire it in a kiln for five days, then another four days of cooling before it’s ready to be used.
I couldn’t believe how strong they were – the boys were climbing all over and in them, but nobody seemed concerned in the least.
Today John and the boys headed out for a hike to some waterfalls in a canyon near town.