Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Paratay in Pictures

Thursday we left at 9am for Paratay. This is a picture of our accomdations. The inn was actually a converted barn and our rooms were once stables. Despite that it was a very charming place that grew on you. I seriously felt like I was reliving the summer camp that never was in my childhood. The red hammock was a hot commodity at the end of the long days. I wish I had taken a picture of the lush Atlantic rainforest vegetation to the right of the hammock.


The next morning my conflict resolution class went in small groups on boats to the island of the carnicearos (sp?)







This is a picture of the "mayor" (for lack of a better term) of the city. I loved the casualness and simplicity of the island. As you can see though we were considered very important guests on the island since guests are not invited often to see them, this is about as dressed up as he gets. What also amazed me about him is that though he has a great deal of power in the city he was so kind and humble. He is trashcollector for the island. He helps the older ladies with their things when they are going up the hills. He had so much grace and calmness to him and his humility despite his power was inspiring.



We hiked and observed and learned about the cultural issues facing the town and the legal battles they have to deal with to preserve their island and keep outsiders from completely taking over. We saw homes of Americans who live on the island and what is shocking is that they force the local dwellers, that if they (The non natives) ever visit one of the stunning beaches on the island then if there is a native on that beach they must leave. That was very sad. This is a view of the beach on the island. It looks rocky but right past the boulders is fine white grainy sand. I liked this view though.

We ate sugar cane the mayor cut for us and watched the children play soccer barefoot by the water as we waited for our boats. I cannot describe nor can I capture in pictures the peace that existed on this island but we all felt it.








Below is Paratay on vacation time.

7 comments:

Dadoji said...

Why must the natives leave the beach? Is that a law or convention?

Aisha said...

dadoji when the non-natives arrived flashing cash they couldnt resist allowing them to build on their land. unfortunately instead of behaving like they had the upper hand which they infact did they agreed to the rules that the non natives laid out for the natives such as dont go upon the beach when we are there. This is not a law but it is an understood agreement among the people that is respected. I find it sad.

Tee said...

The natives not allowed on the beach in certain circumstances is ridiculous. Someone should go door to door and see if the non-natives really care. Would anyone really have the nerve to say they wanted to uphold this expectation?!

Besides this I was just really feeling the peacefulness and beauty of this island. It reminded me a lot of El Salvador.

I loved the story about the mayor and you got really fantastic photos.

I can envision myself in that red hammock so clearly... SIGH.

Be prepared for a heartbreak when you come back home, Aisha. I think you're falling in love ;) :p I'm not even there and I'm feeling a little heartsick myself!

wayfarer said...

I am so green with envy! Looks like an absolutely fabulous trip. :-) I'm so happy you are having such a good experience.

Dadoji said...

I see. Thanks for the reply. Sad indeed. It can be repealed though.

Siva said...

The beach should be for everybody to enjoy. Money can be used to do a lot of things but not always for the better.

Anonymous said...

Your are Nice. And so is your site! Maybe you need some more pictures. Will return in the near future.
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