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Casa Kadam

Hammock on the porch of Casa del Mundo

Papo & Sana's Story
Fidel's Fall
Thursday, 09 January 2014 05:12

Along the journey northward we heard of an Ecuadorian who was married to an American woman that lived up river from the town of “Manta”.

It was a long, arduous journey, at high tide on a small, old motor boat that brought us to the isolated property.  Enrique had built small wooden cottage on stilts nestled in the forest by the river.  He apologized that he was recently divorced and that he had to travel at this time but graciously offered his home for us to stay in while he was away.

It was eerie to be in the broken home with the echoes of separation resounding within the walls.  

I found an old cassette of “Fleetwood Mac” and learned the song “Landslide” that to this day is one of our daughter, Taí’s, favorite requests for me to sing.

The cottage was built much in the same way that Papo builds cottages, with a ladder going up to a sleeping loft. Little Fidel was climbing up and his pant leg got caught up and he fell from the top of the ladder in a cumbersome slam to the floor below, breaking his arm in multiple places.  His arm looked like a long snake when he sat up from the fall.

It was in a flurry of panic and action that Fausto was able to find the nearest neighbor with a boat.  The heavens helped by providing the necessary high tide to be able to transport the three of them to the nearest town with an emergency small plane airstrip that would fly them to the nearest hospital in Bahia de Caraqués.

In an instant, Papo & I found ourselves alone in that isolated jungle. Worried and wonderling about Fidel’s fate.  At that time, of course, there was no means of communication in that part of the world.

We gave ourselves a couple of days to re-examine our direction and decided it was time for the 2 of us to explore.  We heard that people lived up stream along the river banks. 

And so begins the unexpected treat of our “Chocolate Cheve Christmas”. 


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