jueves, 30 de octubre de 2008

Colada Morada....Yummy

Buenos días,

on the occasion of All Soul´s Day (aka "Day of the Dead") on the upcoming Sunday, November 2th - the day to remember the loved ones that have passed away, Vida Verde celebrated this day in a very special way.
In Ecuador people enjoy a warm fruit juice called Colada Morada which contains blueberry, blackberry and pineapple. Versions of the juice differ from region to region. Some will also use naranjilla juice (an Andean fruit), babaco (champagne fruit), strawberries, and even raisins.

Students and teachers enjoy their Colada Morada during lessons break

Along with the juice we had bread to eat. But before we could start to enjoy the feast, Patty explained to us the traditional background of having this warm, red coloured drink with bread.
the drink is red it stands for blood, the bread stands for a human body. In order to free oneself from all bad thoughts and low energy one is supposed to dip the end of the bread into the drink. Only then are you allowed to start to eat and drink.

Thank you very much to Rosi, Gabi and Patty who have prepared the feast and brought us the indigenous custom a bit closer.

lunes, 27 de octubre de 2008

Music is the key

Hola amigos de Vida Verde,

we have been having some great weeks here at school.
Most of the students have been staying in Quito for quite some time and we had good times at school, in after-school activities as well as on the weekends with trips to different places.

Although some students headed off for their travels through the world again, something is still with us - the music from Chikara.

Chikara is from Japan and had first inspired teachers and students with his music a couple weeks ago when he gave a little concert on a Thursday night.

He has been sweetening our break during lessons ever since, at least once a week. Here we sit and watch him play in our backyard of the school. Sometimes we would sing along the chorus if we knew the song.

Only last week he got some support in the vocals part

when Ilona, from the Netherlands, would sing with him during a lessons break. While the audience had tea and nachos they both sang some familiar songs.

Now we are looking forward to a concert that will take place in the nearby Cafelibro on Friday night. Ilona and Chikara will be on stage together with 3 other musicians to give a concert to whoever wants to listen to some great songs by Oasis, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ben E.King and some songs from the Musicians native countries.

We can't wait!!! So, if anyone of you out there is around please come and join!

Hasta luegeo...