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Breaking Coconuts

Day two in our new life as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Easter Caribbean. A few ladies took a stroll around the grounds which allowed us to make a discovery of not only Mango trees lush with fruit but fallen coconuts!  I had never personally seen a “wild” coconut in it’s natural habitat so I went along with Brenda’s declaration.  Our interest was further piqued as we could hear the liquid inside.  Our task at hand?  Isn’t it obvious?  Break open them coconuts, lol!!  Brenda was quite determined and was going all survivor on us while Erin elected to toss, relatively gently, the hard coconut at a small boulder.  Quite comical I assure you.

Brenda Diaz and Erin Lyons of Peace Corps EC 87 holding the newly found coconuts.

Brenda Diaz (right) and Erin Lyons (left) of Peace Corps EC 87 holding the newly found coconuts.

It was only Brenda, Erin and I for a good 5-7 minutes but the pounding on rocks with a strange object, the coconut, quickly drew attention.  A crowd of fellow PCV’s grew thereby bringing in more comedy and team work.  It turned out to be quite the bonding experience as I filmed, snapped pictures, and all of us encouraged the breaking of coconuts.

Daniel and Chris, also PCV, are working hard to break the coconut open.

Daniel (left) and Chris (right), also PCV, are working hard to break the coconut open.

Ultimately, and with great enthusiasm, the coconut was broken open by Chris.  It was definitely achieved through team effort by Erin, Daniel and Chris.  It took that much brute force to bust it open.  To her credit, Brenda, never gave up trying to get her coconut open.  Some tasted the coconut water, some gnawed on the coconut meat (the white stuff), while others experienced both.  I was not shy about getting two pieces of the meat!  It was more subtle in taste compared to what I had eaten in the US.  It made our morning stroll prior to training quite eventful.

Stay tuned…because we aren’t sitting on the sidelines of life.

~Brie Messier, MBA

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