Meet Alex and Rosa. They live in a small house which Alex built himself in pole building type style. Only the poles were trees that he planted and then cut off at the various lengths he needed to compensate for the fact that he was building on the side of an extremely steep hill. The house is open air, has no electricity except for a small solar panel, and is maybe half the size of my living room back home. Everything in it has a function and there is nothing in it that doesn't. This only amplifies it's beauty. Along with the home he also built all the makings of a small farm. They have several chicken varieties, giant turkeys, guinea fowl, pigs, goats, and even tilapia! He built all of the structures from wood harvested right there in the jungle and for the most part cut, split and finished with a chain saw. Along with the food they harvest from their farm, they supplement the rest of their income by caring for a few properties nearby (within walking and horse riding distance) including the home where we were staying. They graciously invited us to their home so the kids could see their animals and ride their horses. We had such a wonderful time! This is the Costa Rica we were hoping to find. The simplicity with which they live their life is truly inspiring!
|Little Frijolito (Beans) was old and steady, and Eli was|
excited to get to ride all by himself.
|This sturdy jungle horse, Flora, had no problem getting loaded up.|
And Alex was so gracious with his time. He happily led the kids
around again, and again, and again.
A view from the farm looking up towards the house.
Max described Alex and Rosa's house in his journal.
"Alex and Rosa live in a small cottage. The first story is a small house dangling off a cliff and supported by pillars. The second story is the space at the bottom of the cliff, they have a small farm, but they are very kind. Rosa is even going to do an artist trading card for me."
|The next week Rosa invited us back for pizza. Max was happy to |
help in the kitchen. Here he is stirring fresh lemonade made from
squeezing fresh lemons and mixing with tapa dulce, a raw type sugar.
|While Tessa, Max, and I helped Rosa in the kitchen|
Aaron, Maggie, and the boys visited the farm and rode the horses.
|This is the stove in Rosa's kitchen. The glow emanating|
from below the pots is from the fire that is heating it.
It is completely wood fired, and Max baked as he diligently
stirred the simmering sauce.
|This fire was HOT! So while Rosa could reach in|
there with a couple little rags, when I was left to
care for the crust I could barely manage with a
stick and my gringo ways.
|Max could hardly believe we were making|
cinnamon rolls! In any language - What a treat!
|My first wood fired cinnamon rolls! Absolutely|
(Mrs. Samples I think your hubby could sell more
ovens if he handed out samples like this.)