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The first order of business when we got to Acoyapa was to find a place for the wedding. It wasn't that difficult since there were only 2 to choose from. We picked the restaurant La Plancha. The cost to rent the restaurant for a day is $300.

The Wedding Hall...



Welcome To Acoyapa

Where Our Wedding Will Be

The Wedding "Hall"

The Stage

Restaurant

Entrance
After picking the place for the wedding it was time to head to the finca where Juniett's grandmother, aunt, and brother live. I should metion that on my last trip I signed Juniett up for driving lessons at the local university. It's a heckuva deal. For $145 they teach you all the traffic laws for your drivers exam and you get 8 hours of behind the wheel training where they teach you how to drive a car with a manual transmission. Once we got to Acoyapa I turned the driving over to her since I figured that given the fact there are only about 10 other cars in Acoyapa the chances of an accident were minimal.


Acoyapa

Juniett Takes The Wheel

And I Hold On For Dear Life...

Road To Gramma's Finca

Cows In The Road

Salin & Chelsea

To get to the finca you have to drive on a dirt road for about 5 miles. Once you reach the entrance of the property you turn off the "main" road and take a cattle trail for about another 1/2 mile. During the rainy season this is as far as you can go by car. From there it's an hours ride by horse through the jungle to the finca. I have to admit I was woefully unprepared for what I was about to experience. This was the first time in my life I had ever been on a horse and the ride ahead of us wasn't exactly an easy one. Horses, however, truly are amazing animals and mine got me to the finca without incident.



Getting The Horses Ready

Salin Is Ready

Juniett Is Ready

Salin Thinks We're In Egypt

Salin Thinks We're In Egypt

Juniett Is Happy

The best way I can describe life in the finca is medieval. There is no electricity, no phone, no running water, etc. It's like the theme song from Gilligan's Island says, "no phone, no light, no motor car...not a single luxury." I can't imagine life has changed much here in hundreds of years.

The Finca...




Milton Loads More Onto The Horse

Arriving At The Finca

Juniett Greets Her Nephew

Plenty Of Cows

The Finca

The Finca

The Front "Yard"

Path To The Finca

The Finca

Getting Ready For Lunch

Dog's And Cat's Living Together

Mmmmm, Bacon

After dinner I asked Juniett's family for permission to marry her. To say I was "little" nervous is similar to saying that Hiroshima was a "little" explosion. Apparently I didn't mangle my speech too badly in Spanish since everyone seemed happy with what I said. After I said what I wanted to say everyone took turns welcoming me to the family. Juniett's cousin Salin translated for me since although my ability to speak Spanish is pretty good my ablilty to understand people still needs work.

We drank many toasts to our marriage and even Juniett's 2 year old nephew got in on the action. Before anyone flips out and says "how could you give a 2 year old alcohol" the answer is we didn't. The "champagne" was actually sparkling grape juice and is non-alcoholic.




Salin Y Chelsea

Preparing For The Big Moment

Me Looking Nervous

Mom, Grandma, Juniett, And Me

Mom, Grandma, Juniett, And Me

The Whole Family Celebrates

A Toast To The Happy Couple

Even The 2 Year Old Joined In

The Bug Repellant Thing Is Scary Looking

Another Toast

One Last Time...

My Bed


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