Money does not always make the world go round.
In El Molino, César welcomed us with open arms. Set in a valley far away from civilization, other than a quiet highway running through, our group of 19 was split into three, picking corn, planting leeks, and something Rishi and Alex were extremely adamant about being part of: cooking with the César’s wife for our lunch. The energy of the group was on a little bit of a slump today, yet we made the long hike to the cornfield crossing rivers avoiding the very common piles of animal dung. There we learned to pick corn while avoiding the occasional caterpillar or giant jumping spider in Felix’s case (don’t worry it was harmless). Sara encountered the most eerie bugs of the day, but pushed through without even batting a eye. In group two, Leo mastered the perfect leek planting stance while the group as a whole was first in finishing the work for the day.
Group three slaved over cooking lunch for hours. Using hands and knives alone, they peeled unions, opened peas, and hardest of all dealt with quinoa which had to be washed, rewashed, and washed again. Rishi found his inner peace tending to the cooking fire the entire time.
As leaders the most challenging part of the day was waking our peers, however it was a new and enjoyable experience to have the opportunity to be in charge of the group. Some things that we acquired through these activities were taking responsibility of our own actions, gaining confidence, respect, and establishing long lasting relationships.
César, our host for the day, is a man of experiments unwilling to be held back by what others say is impossible. Something that stood out to us was César’s trout farm he built himself. Six years ago an expert in trout farms told César it was an impossible task to accomplish, and here he is today feeding his Global Glimpse friends, freshly-caught and Karen-fried fish. Happiness for César comes from feeding his family, experimenting with new crops, and selling week-long supplies of food to underprivileged families at an extremely affordable price.
César spends his days planting and harvesting his crops not for profit, but to keep up with traditions of the past. He does this while encouraging others to adapt to his ideas of staying positive and completing whatever you set your mind to.