Today was a day in town though. I spent the morning at the Esso station, and Keren came to meet me for lunch there. During siesta we decided to walk to the reptile museum, which looked like it was nearby on the map. It wasn’t a far walk, but we were quickly out of the city and walking on the side of the highway, cars zooming by us.We arrived at the museum, but the door was shut. It said: lunes a jueves: 13:00-17:00. Viernes y Domingo: 13:00-18:00. Sabado y dias lluviosas: cerrado. (Monday to Thursday, open 1-5pm. Friday and Sunday: 1-6. Saturdays and rainy days: closed.) It was sprinkling as we tried the locked door. As we were about to walk away, the door sprang open and a woman beckoned us inside. Keren and I had expected something different than what we found. The first room was filled with snakes and lizards of many varieties.
Outside we found turtles, alligators, and more snakes and lizards.
There was greenery there too, but it was hard to see all of the creatures in tiny cages. We didn’t stay long, and were glad to leave.A weird feeling lingered with us as we walked home.We talked about the Monsanto movie we watched the other night. It’s something we’ve all been thinking about silently, I think. What should we do? We both recognized that educating others is imperative. Here is one of the many ficus trees that grow here. They have fig-like things that grow off their trunks, and I am tempted to try them, but Kim and Marcelo have said they are not edible. Still, I might give it a go just to see...
Keren also decided immediately that the way she will take action is to grow plants and save seeds. She hopes to start a small seed saving collective amongst her friends and family at home in Seattle.For me, I feel like it’s also important to pay more attention to the things I vote for every day with the purchases I make. I can’t be lazy - the cost is too great. Making more consistent conscientious choices in the foods I purchase is a meaningful way I can clean up some of my own impact in the world.