The view in the sky during the last two weeks can be described as “grau in grau” (“grey in grey“). The usually bright and sunny Polochic valley turned into a rainy, stormy and uncomfortable place. Together with the thunderstorms came daily difficulties. One of them was the continuous absence of electricity. That means living without light and electrical appliances like computers, phones or fridge for a while. Unfortunately, the “electricity cuts“ occurred mostly when we wanted to go to school for computer lessons with the kids...
Also the weekly market tour to Teleman was cancelled during that time. The lasting rain flooded the river on the way to Teleman, in other words crossing the bridge was impossible. We ould have been happy to swim trough it, but even that was not an option. At the end the locals told us, that it is dangerous to risk it and the story of an accident which happened a few years ago was not really encouraging. For us it meant being locked up in the village for 3 weeks. Luckily, a lot of people in Nueva Mercedes have a self-sufficient way of life. And generous as they are, these lovely people shared tortillas, frijoles (black beans), coconuts, papayas and some traditional meals with us. A big thank you to our knights in shining armour!
At least it is impressive to see how strong mother nature is. For me, living in close communion with nature is, despite some inconveniences, the best feeling ever. And like the old saying goes, “every cloud has a silver lining“. Finally, we had some sunny hours between all the rain and our activities like the vegetable and chocolate projects did not have to plunge into water!
Written by: Anne