An Old Barge in my Facebook is more that an object to be Looked At

Sonia R
Posted January 27, 2020 from Costa Rica
The Old Barge in my facebook this month
My son Pete, studying the old barge. Photo by his professor, Jason Raupp ECU
My son Pete, studying the old barge. Photo by his professor, Jason Raupp ECU (1/1)

Where I live in Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean, there is barge sitting in the shoreline, old and magnificent, is if it wants to tell its story to those who wee it only for its beauty.

Indeed, it has a story that is unraveling as my youngest son studies it.

The barge is his reading book and the shoreline has classroom. At 17, Pete is studying maritime archaeology and has learned that the barge might be associated with the construction of the Panamá Canal in the turn of the last century and was brought to Costa Rica 50 years later to become a dock for the disembarkment of machinery towards the construction of the road from the coastal Caribbean to the highlands of Talamanca where the Bribri indigenous people live.  

The road was build for oil exploration but none was found and we inherited the road. 

Both he and I are Talamanca Bribri and coastal Afro descendants. I wonder what role we see in the road. 

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Felicitas Wung
Jan 27
Jan 27

Thanks for sharing.

Sonia R
Jan 30
Jan 30

I feel proud and happy.

Lisbeth
Jan 27
Jan 27

Dear Sonia,
You must be very proud of him :-). Thanks for sharing. I hope you are doing well?
Warm regards
Lizzy

Sonia R
Jan 30
Jan 30

Thanks you Liz, he is such a great guy I feel very proud of him and all the youth that work in this endeavor to reclaim out history under sea.

Hello, Sonia,

Wow, I love your photos. The sceneries are so beautiful. The water is so clear, and the nature surrounding it is simply breathtaking.

This is such a great story. I'm glad your son is studying about that barge. He might get famous when he'd finally publish his findings.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment with us. Please update us with your discovery.

Sonia R
Jan 30
Jan 30

He is already famous in his community, as he won a community award with the rest of divers for their contribution to the new history.

Oh, wow! Congratulations to your son for the recognition! Congratulations to you, too, for raising such a great man! I'm curious, how did you raise such a curious, studious son. Any tips? I have two young boys (6 and 2).

Jill Langhus
Jan 29
Jan 29

Hi Sonia,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your interesting post. I hope you keep us posted on how the barge got to be there. Does Pete want to be an archaeologist?

Hope you're doing well and having a great week!

Sonia R
Jan 30
Jan 30

Yes, se does. And he is part of the first generation in the Caribbean that has access to High School.
I will add your curiosity to the story: The barge was brought to Costa Rica in 1954 from Panama, in order to build the road that connects the coastal community to the Talamanca highlands.

Jill Langhus
Feb 01
Feb 01

Okay. Great:-)

How interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Anita Shrestha
Jan 29
Jan 29

Wow reading book is intresting for me. It is great dream of mine to. Take enjoy

Sonia R
Jan 30
Jan 30

Tell me more about your dream...

Anita Shrestha
Jan 30
Jan 30

reading more book to live like you.