Over 100 days have passed since we decided to dip our toes into the living abroad pool. While other posts have chronicled the more adventurous side of our journey, this one describes what daily life is like on ‘la hacienda’ en Santa Elena.
We usually wake up between 6 and 6:30 and have our first breakfast together. We let the chicks out of their coop to eat grasshoppers, explore their surroundings, and entertain the kids - which lasts about an hour if we’re lucky.
Between 8:30 and 9, there is the second breakfast: arepas, chocolate, queso, huevos, sometimes morcilla, but mostly arepas. We give scraps to the recently acquired piglet named “Pipo”, an apt name for a pig because it is used for anything with a potbelly. There is a rumor that we are prepping Pipo for Christmas dinner (7 days to go) but everyone has grown more attached since our last attempt of trying to bathe Pipo which resulted with him falling into the tilapia pond. Carlos exclaimed, “I’ve got two kids and a pig!”. Maddie and William stood in shock as Pipo squealed.
That statement Carlos made sums up what life is like; a complete 180-degree change from what we were used to in the US. We often went to the beach, played in the sand, fished. Now our afternoons are spent playing with the water in the stream, feeding the koi’s in the main fishpond, visiting all the farm animals, and generally just mucking about.
Lunchtime is a great gathering of all the family and even those who are enjoying the Coffee Tour set up by Eli and Esteban. The food is home-cooked and different every day. We drink freshly made natural juices and finish it off with a cup of coffee. We then take walks around La Casa Grande, and the land above where the family is planning to build more cabins, plant more coffee trees, and create hiking paths.
For dinner we usually head back to our little cabin in the woods, bathe the kids, read them a story if it’s not too late and then go to bed; to do it all again the following day.
Life here is somewhat relaxed, a far cry from the congested city only a few minutes from where we are. Although this farm life is a breath of fresh air, at the same time there is a burning desire from both Carlos and myself to want to accomplish more than what feels like just passing time. Hopefully we can really get our hands dirty, and take what we learn from here to build something of our own.