Tired after the 15-16 hour flight from Houston, Texas, my colleagues and I would hardly feel like exploring. The effort made paid off in interesting experiences. From the fish market that I could not even enter, because of the flies and the smell that turned my stomach around, to the outside local market where all kinds of birds and animals (including monkeys) were sold alive to be cooked later, all was part of a different lifestyle, totally foreign to us.
We were strange to them, too. Most did not get to see often white people by then. I saw a mother pointing at me and saying to her child: “blanca, blanca”. Am I that pale?
We saw people aligned to take water from a village well, carrying buckets and plastic cans. Kids were washing each other in front of their modest homes, all friendly, waving at us and laughing. We were even invited to a wedding as we were passing by, but sadly too tired and under-dressed to accept the nice invitation. Friendly and nice people in a remote and poor island.