Thursday, January 19, 2006

Diane on the Scene!

Various stories about the ferry's sinking circulated the island prior to my leaving, but the one I heard that seemed to fit was that the ferry had provided a late night excursion for some plantanos trucks and as one was offloading, the platform gave way. I don't think it was so much the platform but the off balance of the ferry, due to the load of the trucks, the main cabin then started taking on water. As you can see by the photos the front end is under water up to the second level. This occurred Saturday the 14th, and as of the 17th the ferry remained underwater, local police standing guard and the crane standing by.

News Flash. The story even made the front page of today's La Prensa - see: Click the link to read the story (spanish). And we've brought their photo to our blog!

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Small world

Exciting morning here on Bainbridge. Diane came over to upload the dramatic! ferry shots, then I took our youngest and dumbest dog off to the vet to find out why he's wetting the bed. You'll never guess who was the vet - and I didn't make the connection until she asked if we "were the coffee people" who had just come back from Ometepe with Pat. Turns out we met at Diane's baby shower and she remembered David's name. It was Kiko Westerhout. And she offered to go to Ometepe sometime in the future if we ever put a vet delegation together - a spay/neuter clinic, and worming. She must have been reading my mind. I've been thinking about exactly that all week. And then our favorite vet tech offered to go too. This may be the start of something ....

Oh and ... yes Lenny has an UTI and is taking Baytril for a week or so.

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Pilgrims Arrive

Tuesday evening I walked down to D&L's house, there was a strange vehicle on the side path near the house, Washington state plates. Elizabeth and Ed had reached their destination of the trip that began on October 1 on Bainbridge Island. One of the hardest legs was getting their VW camper onto the island, especially in light of the ferry sinking. Apparently they had to make several trips, back and forth, between Granada and Rivas. Finally they got on a freight transport from Granada to Ometepe. Many other stories of their adventure which are best if they tell them.

Last night, Wednesday, was Cine Noche Finca Magdalena - Ever was able to borrow a projector from Lenin in Altagracia, Santos got a white sheet up on the wall of the old bodega, and it was movie time. I showed Peter and Margo's film from a village in the Kaberamaido district of Uganda. The village had just completed a clean water well supported by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island - this is the project that Coop Carlos Diaz Cajina, Finca Magdalena, is helping to fund. There was quite a big turn out on the veranda. The Uganda movie was followed by a color cartoon, fake ad for dog bisquits featuring Lenny and Maddie (the Adler/Carroll Viszla clan, Ollie had not joined the family yet), and finally the slide show of last year's BOSIA coffee delegation, my first tip to Ometepe. Everyone had a great time and the movies were a big hit. I was not aware until this morning that one of the subjects in the slide show was present. There is a photo of a flute-maker selling his instruments in the square in Granada, with two tiny dogs. Carlos, from Guatemala, was in the audience last night but I did not see him until this morning. A nice surprise to see him again and his flutes. He has been to Japan and is now making shakuhachi style flutes in addition to the Peruvian and Guatemalan ones.

Thanks to Diane and Kris for the photos and news of the ferry sinking. Details have not been forthcoming here so good to have a blog to consult for the latest news. I stayed up too late last night, i.e. 11pm, and since I have been getting up with the sun everyday, about 5:45am, I think I need a hammock nap. Tomorrow, Friday, off to visit La Familia Obregón, and check in with Dorrita in the BOSIA office - probably will be gone most of the day. More to come on Saturday.
hasta pronto...

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