¡Día Libre!

After working very little the past two days due to the rain, we had a free day on Sunday.  And guess what?  It didn’t rain.

Still, we spent some time cooking with Alcides and Carla in the kitchen.  We made juanes which are made with steamed corn meal or rice, chicken, and olives wrapped in giant banana leaves.  Lots of steps are involved but the effort is well worth the reward.

Carla and Alcides in the kitchen.
Learning tricks of the trade.
The Manu menu

Our equally yummy lunch.

Then the epic clothes washing by hand began.  I thought I would be missing my washing machine, but it’s strangely satisfying to wash your clothes yourself.  But better keep an eye on those clothes drying on the lines because you never know when those skies will open up!

The place you were most likely to find me: the laundry area.
The best part of doing laundry in the rainforest? The butterflies.

The day was topped off with a soccer game, a swim by the waterfall, and some delicious lemon meringue that Tomás made.  All in a day’s work.  My American side felt guilty for doing relatively nothing while my Greek side was hoping for another día libre very, very soon.


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