We Love Choco! There's a very real and peaceful spirit here. We decide to go for a walk after breakfast...
The Afro-American Bank is new. It was started because Black people were being discriminated against by the major banks. The same story: they wouldn't finance loans, help business or treat the people with dignity and respect. It touches me that this is the reasons why Anthony Overton and Jessie Binga started Black banks in the 1920's
|Helping hands of the bank|
|This woman had no idea how beautiful she|
was to us. She thought we wanted to take
her picture to laugh at her.
|Liliana and Kidist|
I'd rather walk around the market and people watch.
|Freshly caught catfish.|
|Drying cocoa beans.|
Smells great, tastes bitter.
|Susy in what I called her |
"model on location" poise.
It feels so comfortable here, more like family than stranger. Even though I didn't speak the language I felt very connected. Cousins I'd never met or knew existed but having parents who were siblings, we both understood what the other had been thru and there is laughter at the instant recognition of self.
Now I REALLY want to learn Spanish. Before it was more lip service, but now I need to talk to my long lost cousins cause we have so much to enjoy about the other.
|The indigenous people have been |
abandoned, as they have everywhere.
How cool is that? Not as cool as it was going to get. We get up to go meet the Governor, expecting a pudgy, balding, middle aged man but instead there was Governor Malcolm Ali!
The Governor of Choco!
And what a name--MALCOLM ALI. His parents must have known he was going to be a great man...
|The Girlz with the Governor;-)|