The last day in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Since we are from Oklahoma, we asked Helga at Instituto Jovel to try to set up a tour of an agricultural project for our last afternoon in San Cristobal de las Casas. She obliged.
A taxi took us out to the outskirts of town, dropped us off and we ended up a school that was similar to a vo-tech training school with lots of activities going on such as carpenter shop, bakery, welding shop, vegetable gardens, etc.
We went into the office, explained who we were, and why we were there. The director assigned a young lady to give us a walking tour—totally in Spanish. She spoke no English.
Have to say, it was really interesting to see the students all focusing on learning a trade. We stopped in several of the buildings and spoke with students. They seemed as interested in us as we did in them.
In the bakery, they wanted us to sample some of their cooking. I could have stayed in there all day!!
After about an hour, our tour guide said goodbye and allowed us to walk through the property by ourselves. We promised to obey any signs dictating where not to walk, etc.
As we strolled through the vegetable gardens (all organic)the health and size of the plants was really amazing.
At one point, one of the workers came out of the field to speak with us. He answered all of our questions and asked us questions in return about what types of vegetables we grew in our garden at home.
At the end of the afternoon, we certainly felt like we may have been two of only a handful of outsiders that had been privileged to have observed this training school.
Next-Final comments about San Cristobal de las Casas
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San Juan with a 5 hour layover: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/san-juan-puerto-rico/
Fly around the U.S. for the day: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/day-trip/