Hanging out in the trees!
When we arrived at the location of the first Bible study, there were people gathered around a small shelter. In the shelter a lady and a man were taking turns stripping fibers from the bark of a tree. A machete had been arranged in a contraption that was tightened across the bark. Then the bark was pulled through it, leaving the operator with a length of coarse, blonde fibers. These were then draped over a line and dried in the sun. Adriana was interested in the process and asked if she could give it a try. We just slowed them down, but the people there got a laugh watching Adriana, then me, do our best at it. At least I had the advantage of a bit more weight in my backside than anyone there. I think everyone agreed it was best left to the experts.
By the time we made it to Centro for the Bible study, Annalise was wiped out. She actually stretched out on a dining table in the house we were at and tried to sleep instead of playing with the kids. But she was found out by the other kids so rest was not going to happen. In order to reduce the noise in the house, I grabbed my camera and went outside. (If you want to gather a crowd of kids taking their pictures and letting them see themselves on the display is a great way to do it.) They even had me record a movie of them singing a song. About that time, Lisa came out of the house and said that if I was going to make so much noise, I needed to move farther away from the house. (I guess bamboo and open windows don’t provide much of a sound barrier, who knew?)
Then it was time to go. For the trip back, some of the guys from the village gave us a ride. The lake was beautiful and we got to watch the sunset as we crossed.