|My wonderful grandson Daniel! He has a cast on due to|
a broken thumb skiing in Taos.
|I now have proof that Daniel actually does eat. He is a|
notoriously picky eater.
So we made sudden plans to fly from Guatemala to spend the week with them before getting down to our boat. We flew in Friday afternoon and after only a brief pause at our hotel, joined them for Shabbat services at the temple. Daniel had a little experience meeting everyone that night and reading briefly part of the service. The next morning he was absolutely awesome (and this is not just his grandparents speaking). The congregation there labeled him the "Wonder Boy". He read and sang from the ancient Torah (with no vowels) ALL the 9 parts of the service. This is basically unheard of. And he sounded so great. Then he gave his speech, a discussion of that week's Torah portion. Josh sponsored the luncheon following the service. It was all wonderful. Unfortunately I couldn't take any photos as it was Shabbat, sorry. Afterwards we enjoyed ourselves in their new apartment. It's on the 12th floor of a very modern high rise overlooking the national stadium at the huge park in the city. That night was a big soccer game and the fireworks display lasted for 20 minutes - what fun.
|From left; Deborah, Shira, Ariella, Jonathan, Scott, Maya & Daniel|
|Scott's first wife Deborah Garren with Daniel at the luncheon|
following the Bar Mitzvah
We were all hungry when we finished our exploration of the volcano and happily we found the beautiful Quieres Restaurant with a huge local buffet, "all you can eat", down the road. The views were extensive and the food good, with lots of choices for everyone.
I'll cover our next day's adventure in a (quickly) following post.
|A timed shot in their new apartment in San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Dancing around the kitchen|
|Jonathan "Uzi", Maya and Shira|
|Maya, Ariella "Cookie" and "Uzi" on the way|
|"Uzi" and Shira under the Umbrella Leaf|
|Walking up to the Volcano Crater|
|Steam rises up from the thermal vents at the main crater|
|Cookie and myself pose|
|Daniel looking over the view|
|This is the second crater, reached after a good long uphill walk and really spectacularly beautiful|
|Our way was lined with flowers|
|Scott, Maya, Shira, Michal, Uzi, Heather, Cookie and Daniel\|
|Cookie pauses on our way up to the Botos crater|
|The view from the Quires Restaurant where we had lunch|