The last few days we have met some great new people. Our friends Toby and Tina who own our neighborhood bar and restaurant are getting married on June 23rd and some of their friends from Colorado and Oklahoma came down for the pre-festivities. It didn’t work out for them to all stay for the wedding so a huge party was held at the bar as a kind of catch all party to celebrate the wedding and a few birthdays. Toby and Tina fed everyone a great barbeque with all the fixings and a band played from 2:00 in the afternoon until late into the evening. We met new people and touched base with friends we hadn’t seen in a while. It was just a great time.
Yesterday we were invited to join the Colorado and Oklahoma gang for a magnificent lobster fest at the home of a couple named Alif and Junior. Junior’s family is one of the founding families of Puerto Viejo who came from Jamaica in the early 1900’s to work. Junior is busy all the time taking people on tours and running a successful business but he took time out to cook us the most amazing meal – barbequed lobster fresh from the sea, beans and rice, patacones, and salad. It was such fun to get to know the Colorado and Oklahoma gang in a more intimate setting as well. The Colorado group all live in Gunnison and Crested Butte where I lived for six years and where my son and his family still live. It is always fun to reminisce about times past and they all updated me on recent changes in the valley. I will actually be heading out to Gunnison on Saturday for a ten day visit and talking with all of these new friends made me even more excited to get back and see the family. It really is such a small world.