IAF Conference in Albuquerque, November 16 - 20, 2010
See earlier blogs (April, 2010 Solar Panel Trade, and Feb 2010, Background) for more stories about solar electricity on Taquile.
Taquileño Whirlwind Tour--Part 2, Arvada and Aspen
After the conference in Albuquerque, Sam and Tara brought three of the Taquileños, Silvano Huatta Yucra, Juan Quispe Huatta, and Luz Medy Flores Machaca for a grand adventure in Colorado.
Our first stop was Boulder for a traditional Thanksgiving with Tara's sister, Judy Hill Lovins and her son and his wife, Miles Hill and Nastassia Urlapava-Hill. Before dinner we attended a beautiful Thanksgiving service at Unity Church in Boulder.
Sam and I were scheduled to sell our pottery in Arvada, Colorado at the Holiday Craft Fair at the beautiful Arvada Center over Thanksgiving Weekend, so we happily were able to secure a space for the three Taquile visitors. The fair director's daughter-in law, Olga Pense, helped sell and translate. She was a great help and we all fell in love with each other.
Next stop, Aspen, hosted by Judy Hill and Amory Lovins.
We enjoyed dinner and a tour of the Rocky Mountain Institute, "The Banana Farm." Learn more at http://www.rmi.orgPictured are Silvano Huatta, Amory Lovins, Sam Brown, Judy Hill, Juan Quispe and Luz Medy Flores
Thanks to The Aspen Skiing Company which gave us complimentary tickets to ride to the top of Aspen Mountain. Silvano had spent his life looking at the snow-capped peaks across Lake Titicaca, dreaming of someday being IN the middle of the snow. This was a dream come true.
Judy and Silvano in the Gondola, with the town of Aspen below
Silvano Huatta Yucra , celebrating his dream of being in the middle of snowy mountains!
Taquileño Whirlwind Tour--Part 3, Paonia
Finally we arrived at our own home in Paonia. Many of our local friends got a chance to meet our Peruvian friends after hearing about them all of these years. We were interviewed on our local community radio station, KVNF. You can listen to the interview on the KVNF archives at http://www.kvnf.org/music/talkin-music-nativos-de-tequile
We entered the door of the Christmas party at the Schweiderman household dancing and playing the pan pipes.
Larry Garret of Aero Tow Unlimited gave each of us an airplane ride around Lamborn Mountain in his little two seater. What a thrill!!!
After our presentations we made an excursion to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, on the North side out of Montrose. That same day we did some shopping and soaked in Ouray Hot Springs.
Conclusion: A once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us. Our relationships deepened, we were able to share our Peruvian friends with our New Mexico and Colorado friends.