The team was exhausted when Brian, our guide, picked us up from the airport. But it didn't take long before everyone was eating incredible food and exploring the colorful markets of Antigua. Emily had her first experience bartering for a traditional top and Alejandra bought local chocolate. The city itself is beautiful, with elaborate churches rising out from clustered, bright concrete buildings that stand out against the dark volcanoes surrounding us. Corn fields, avocado trees, and roses are grown in every available piece of land, including around Hope Haven, where we dropped our equipment off. Hope Haven has a great working space, and has generously loaned us a room to set up shop and train someone to build the standing frames. The plan is to get everything we need operational and start training tomorrow.
The house Hope Haven has let us stay in beautiful. There is a porch on the roof where Riley hung is hammock next to three others that were already there, and now there is one for each of us. We enjoyed a home-cooked dinner prepared by Lucinda, and loved eating with her and her family. This was a great chance for Emily and Riley to start practicing their Spanish and the team is excited to start working tomorrow!