I had a very good time with Quena in Davis yesterday and today. It's a wonderful place, and a very Quena-sort of place, so I'm glad she's there. We spent all Saturday afternoon walking around the UC Davis campus, which was a lot of walking but very fun. It's beautiful around there, with all sorts of wonderful trees. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any of the fistulated cows, which I really wanted to see, but I'll try again another time.
On Saturday evening we visited Quena's friend Anna at a local co-op where they were having a Day of the Dead celebration. There were 30 or 40 people there, with lots of costumes, candles, drums, noise-makers and a couple giant, decorated skulls and coffins. After dark, we all marched off in a big parade to the cemetary. Once there, we formed a large circle and made sure everyone had a candle. We had a moment of silence and then some time when everyone could take turns calling out the names of loved ones who had died. Then we resumed the festivities and paraded back to the co-op, where we had a burrito potluck and a drumming circle.
We had a nice, leisurely morning today, and made french toast and fruit compote for a very excellent breakfast. I also got to meet Quena's housemates Kristen and Naomi, and also their cat, dog and some of the snakes. All in all, it was a very nice weekend. Here are a few random photos.
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