For those of you who have been following our story and are having a hard time remembering the cast of characters, here is a breakdown:
Rio Blanco (where we live. We live 1/2 kilometer from the one-room school)
Copey (about 10 minutes west of our place)
Santa Maria (about 10 minutes west of Copey)
San Marcos (about 10 minutes west of Santa Maria)
San Pablo (about 5 minutes west of San Marcos)
Family who works for us and have become our friends:
Martin (father) and Clara (mother) of
Brian... is married to Diana.... and they have one daughter, Tamara
Nacho... single right now as far as we know
Elizabeth is the Spanish teacher at our one-room school. She lives in Copey.
Catalina is the English teacher at our one-room school. She is married to Gogui. They live in San Pablo, west of San Marcos.
Tamara and Kevin (grade 1)
Nicole, Sharon and Daniel (grade 2)
Daniela (grade 5)
We lost Lindsey and Jefri along the way.
Dairy farmer neighbours: (just 5 minutes up the road from the school)
Abel (father) and Elly (mother) of
Roberto... is married to Adriana (no children). They live on the same property as Abel and Elly, but in a separate house.
Thomas... is married, but we've not met his wife, Violeta, and children. They live in Santa Maria.
Violeta... sister to Roberto and Thomas, whom we have yet to meet.
Bird expert and beef jerky maker:
Holly... she lives next to Roberto and Adriana's farm. Brian works with her. She's originally from the States, but has lived here most of her life.
House builder/ power of attorney to previous owners/ helping me with the vegetable garden/ huge help to us in general:
Isabel... is originally from France, but has lived in CR for 30 years and is married to Urs, who is from Switzerland.
Nacho works with her.
Apple orchard neighbour
Cindy and Albarito, mother and father of:
Cindy speaks a bit of English. They live right beside the school.
Coffee plantation farmer
Rolando and Maritza
Friends of Cindy and Albarito, whom we met at Albarito's birthday party Sept 15th.
They live in Santa Maria and Rolando's coffee plantation is just north of San Marcos. Rolando speaks English.
Retired Arizona couple:
Cindy and Larry
They are friends of the previous owners, which we've happily inherited and they live in Santa Maria.
Diego and his wife, Maria Fernandez
They live in San Jose.
Copey Learning Center:
Seidy... head honcho with her sister Naomi. There is a board of director, which I can't remember all their names right now.
Angela... Peace Corp volunteer who has been teaching there for the last 2 years and will be leaving soon. She's the person I'm replacing. These are the current adult students, which I'm sure I'll be writing about more in future:
I think that's as thorough as I can get for now. There are people we've met along the way, but the above are the main characters in our story.
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