Cloud Forest, Monkeys, Lightening, and a Return to Documentary Work – Emmia Newman

Emmia & Sade in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Though the clouds hung low, our smiles rose high as we spent a lovely day in Monteverde and Santa Elena. The bus ride to the gorgeous hilly town was along back roads which graced our eyes with some of the most breathtaking views of clouds hugging the trees and slopes. The temperature dropped dramatically which was a nice break from sticky Las Juntas!  While hiking through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, we manage to spot a group of white face monkeys, a quetzal, and a Toucan feeding it’s young.

To revitalise ourselves post-hike we visited a women’s artisan co-op  (CASEM) and The Monteverde Coffee Center where we were able to indulge in some delicious coffee. The mocha was DEVINE! The rain poured relentlessly for the rest of the night which made it impossible to do the night hike we were excited about. But after seeing the lightening illuminate the black sky, we all agreed that we’d be better off staying inside!

Though it is nice to have a break, I am looking forward to continuing our documentary project over the week back in Las Juntas. We so far have had three successful interviews with women involved in government and small businesses. I am very appreciative of their openness to our questions and our camera and I am excited to share our final project with all of the people involved! Hopefully we are able to exchange something valuable for their generosity and time!
Cheers!  Emmia Newman
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