Macadamia nuts, Mayan clothing & instruments, coffee and jade

This week we have continued with our Spanish lessons and have been doing homework in the evenings to keep up with all the grammar and vocabulary we need to know. We managed to squeeze in some trips in the afternoon and have seen a jade museum, where we saw how they make beautiful jade jewellery from a big rock. To me, jade was always a green stone but apparently it is not only shades of green but also white, black and lavender.

On another day we took the ‘chicken bus’ to a macadamia nut farm Valhalla, where they grow the nuts organically and produce oils, soaps and chocolates amongst others. This farm assists indigenous people in developing self-sustaining agriculture. Very interesting indeed and very nice chocolate, nuts and a free facial massage was thrown in. Unfortunately no pictures as our camera broke and we only have very blurry photos.

Museum of music

Museum of music

Early today we visited La Azotea Coffee Farm & Museum. It is a working coffee farm where we saw how the beans are grown, harvested and roasted to make a perfect cup of coffee. On the same site there is also a Mayan musical instrument display and a further display of the different clothes that are worn in different villages around the area.

Museum of music

Museum of music

The clothes and instruments part was guided by a very lovely lady that only spoke Spanish so our language skills got severely tested. Needless to say we didn’t understand half of it!

Museum of clothing

Museum of clothing

At the coffee farm we luckily had an English speaking guide so we actually had an idea what they were talking about. The whole afternoon was very interesting, we particularly enjoyed the coffee farm.

Coffee sampling

Coffee sampling

Coffee plantation. Banana trees are used to provide shelter to the coffee plants.

Coffee plantation. 

 

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