Undertaking a big project like Casa Nana in a foreign country can leave one with feelings of uncertainty, whether you’re choosing materials for your floors, or just trying to do right by the workers. The albañiles on our site have proven to be considerate, hard-working and good-natured. They have been so patient and polite as we’ve paraded guests through the property last week. (In the above photo, we found evidence that they were working on pleasantries, as well.) They were hired by the civil engineer who was hired by our architect, so we naturally have no real connection to them. But we feel a responsibility to do right by them, and not take them for granted.
Then our friend Jorge, who is a Mérida native, told us that we had just missed Labor Day, Día del Trabajo, but it wasn’t too late to offer the routine gesture of providing lunch to the workers. Paul and I immediately agreed, but [Read more...]