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On our fifth day, we looked back at the list of people we had met at the market. Valeria was at the top of the list of people to photograph.


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At the market, she was selling oddly shaped off-cuts of 2x4s, painted with a bright variety of colors. The mix and match blocks of wood stacked to make little people. We called her and got directions to where she lived. With instructions in hand, we took a detour off the main road and onto a narrow, bumpy path that slowly wound upward. We drove as far as we could and stopped. Surrounded by a few abandoned cars and a house under construction, we noticed something crawling through the forest. It turned out to be a monkey. That’s right, a monkey. Probably 18” tall and it appeared to be quite old as it’s little beard was turning grey. Strange since this wasn’t its natural habit. A voice came out of the forest and man walked over to greet us. He was Valeria’s neighbor. He led us through the woods to her house. The whole exterior was covered with her colorful artwork. A large tarp was stretched from the doorway outward; underneath was a makeshift kitchen.


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