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DSCN3017eAfter a fantastic full night of sleep, we enjoyed breakfast out on their deck. It was Friday and Marco needed to work, but that was no problem because we would be going with Dunia to the stable where they keep their horses. Dunia had scheduled someone to record video for promotion of her C’Ubuntu equine assisted learning workshops.  We would be participating in real exercises with the horses to provide the videographer genuine scenes to capture.

Cyndie had been to this stable the day before, but for me it was a thrill to meet their horses and get to know the space where they ride and host workshops. I was able to do exercises in the round pen with each of their horses under Dunia’s guidance. We finished with a group meditation on chairs in the pen with two horses free to move about and interact with us. That was a particularly amazing experience for me.

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After the round pen, we moved to beautiful pastures in a ravine and were able to spend idle time mingling with the horses in their space. The videographer used a drone, which buzzed like a horde of ferocious mosquitos, to get aerial shots. It seemed to unnerve the horses a tiny bit.

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Luckily, they all tolerated it as a necessary, temporary annoyance for us. Hopefully, Dunia will be able to report that she got some good photos and video from the day.

For lunch we made our way to a stylish contemporary restaurant in a mall, Café Saul, which is a favorite of Jose’s for their crepes. Then a stroll through the shopping mall to pick up a swim suit for Jose and makeup for Cyndie. While shopping, we heard a loud crack of thunder and then rain pounded on the roof far overhead. Power went off in the mall for a brief moment, but shopping was not disrupted.

When Dunia, Jose, and Cyndie & I got back to the house, all the doors were locked and we couldn’t get inside. Dunia phoned son Marco to come let us in and we walked around to the back deck to sit and visit. When Marco arrived and opened the door, we were in the middle of a story. Marco said something to Jose, who then jumped to his feet and they took off together in haste. Jose closed the door to the house as he stepped in and we kept on visiting until later. When we finally got up to go in, we found the door had locked again behind Jose. This time Dunia called Marco, Sr., and he suggested we drive to a nearby coffee shop to wait until he was able to join us. So we drove off again and were treated to a wonderful vista from the balcony of the cafe.

After coffee (and/or hot chocolate) and a treat there, the 4 of us headed back to the house where they prepared a chicken dinner. The boys arrived home in time to eat with us and we hung out around the table, Cyndie tracing horse images from their books while I played guitar with each of the guys. Stayed up till about midnight. It was delightful.

It was another day that felt like several. By the end, as we laughed and laughed about getting locked out twice in a row, the morning sessions with the horses seemed like it must have been a different day. That makes for a glorious vacation, if you ask me.

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Written by johnwhays

April 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

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  1. Love the conversation between you and Sarnac. Fandango was so connected! Wonderful day!

    C´Ubuntu

    April 11, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    • Wonderful day is an understatement! We are so lucky that you have come into our lives. It is our great blessing to feel like we are part of your family.

      johnwhays

      April 12, 2015 at 9:27 am


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