The next in the Winter Travel Talk Series at the Woods Hole Public Library features Valerie Walbek speaking about her recent trip to Nicaragua with her husband and two small children.
The family visited mostly rural areas, traditional communities of subsistence farms, which have had electricity for only the last few years. Most of their time was spent on the volcanic island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. As this Cape Cod family traveled off the beaten path, they found beaches where they could play and swim on the huge fresh water lake. One of the children’s favorite activities was riding horseback on the farms, as well as playing with the local children. They found lots of petroglyphs casually tended, if at all, by the land owners. They saw many volcanoes and a crater lake, and went to the top of one active volcano.
They were able to visit a European-created permaculture farm used as a site to train farmers in a sustainable method of working with nature to grow crops in this climate. The family also toured the large colonial-era city of Granada where one of the museum’s children’s activities was making chocolate, all the way from beans to the finished edible products.
This event is free and open to the public. For more details call the Library at 508-548-8961.