We pulled into Salvador Urbina as the sun was laying down to rest. It had already been a full day of traveling for us, but we were so excited to finally be in Chiapas that our weariness didn't catch up to us until hours later.
We had caught an early morning flight out of Hermosillo, had a layover in Mexico City, then flew to what is probably the most southern commercial airport in Mexico, Tapachula. From Tapachula, it was an hour drive on La Ruta del Café to Urbina.
Waiting for us at the Café Justo headquarters were several members of the cooperative, growers of gold -ahem- coffee. They welcomed us in the warmest way, then we went around and did introductions. We did introductions a lot on this trip, and there were lots of people to introduce! We traveled with eight other people, every single on of them were great and interesting. Everyone we traveled with had some connection with Café Justo , so it was just as interesting for the families in Salvador Urbina to get to know all of us as it was for us to get to know them!
Anyway, introductions were made. We met the president, ex-president, and current participating members of the co-op. They all were so warm and friendly, and made sure we knew that their homes were our homes and we were very welcome.
During all of this, coffee and pan dulce was served, to the delight of everyone present. We had a time then to fellowship with the men we'd just met, then it was off to the homes we'd be invading for the next several days.
We hit the jackpot when it came to our host family! David Cifuentes, his wife Nely, and their three kids were just the best. That first night we sat around the table well after the food was gone from our plates and the coffee had all been drunk, then we moved into the living room and talked more. We felt like we'd known them for ages, when in reality it had only been a couple hours. What a blessing they were and continue to be. More on them later.
We fell asleep late, anxious to see what adventures the morning had in store for us.