Marbles are melted and turned into beautiful translucent beads... glass bottles are shaved down to a fine powder to create an earthy bead. Metal scraps are melted and poured into molds, producing casts of beautiful frames and decorative pieces... all of which make it to their gift shop. Perhaps the young men could not hear our exclamations of how beautiful their work was... but a smile conquers all.
Soon, we were invited to interact and participate. I was torn... between wanting to play, and wanting to capture my kids working side by side with these amazing people...
We sat with our group and enjoyed a sign language lesson, and then were taken on a tour of Shanga's coffee plantation. It was fascinating to see the process, from tree to bean. And, these beans have already been purchased... by Starbucks.
Before we left, we enjoyed coffee and cake on beautiful benches, piled high with pillows, on the lawn.