Donkey Soccer (by Farina and Ralph)
We have now been for two weeks in the ” El Paraiso del Burro”, which is really what its name promises, a paradise, not only for donkeys.
Wakening up in our own caravan, seeing the dogs playing, taking a walk through Marleen’s beautiful property, having fun with crazy people here (and animals, too!), enjoying the great food and of course working on our own chosen project: preparing a part of the garden and taking care of Marleen’s strawberries. There is quite a lot freedom in what you chose to do and how you do it. There are many aspects, which will give you a great experience you should not miss!
There are many skills to acquire here, not only in how to communicate and treat animals (especially donkeys), but also in taking responsibility for your surroundings and of course many kinds of manual works. We have learnt for example some skills in building. Since we have been here a new stable was built, we also learned about organic gardening and got some great new recipes (like vegan cheese) – and by the way learned how to bake our own bread.
The best result of our stay is the scientific proof that a fishing-rod in combination with a carrot really works to make a donkey follow you. On this basis we invented a game called ”donkey-soccer”, in which you have to get a ball in the combatants goal without loosing touch with your ”team-donkey”, who you have to convince to go in the right direction only with your donkey-fishing rod. In fact it didn’t really work since the donkeys living in Paraiso are on one hand quite spoiled and therefore do not really hasten to get the carrot, and one the other hand a little afraid or at least suspicious of the ball -we think they will just need more training.
Farina & Ralf