At Sandra's house, you will meet 3 generations of artists whose life revolves around hosting people in their home. Their house is located just outside of town down a dirt road where life is calm and quiet. Sandra will invite her 72 year old mother to teach you the traditional practice of making tortillas by hand, an experience that is being lost rapidly in Costa Rica. Feel free to ask questions about this cross-generational activity, which Sandra’s mother began 65 years ago. Get your hands on some fresh corn powder and see how round you can get your patties. Then sit down to enjoy a traditional Tico plate with some hot tortillas! Before you go, check out Sandra’s paintings, Pablo’s woodwork, and the rest of the family’s artistic talents!
"Here there are no visitors, only family."
- Sandra and Family
About Sandra and Family
Sandra is one member of an entire family of artistic entrepreneurs. They are known around town as being a really hard-working family that always works together. Sandra likes to invite people into her home because she likes to grow her community. She says that at her house there are “no visitors, only family”. Sandra learned how to cook and make traditional homemade tortillas by her mother. She enjoys being able to share this experience with others. She has worked hard to keep her family together (all literally living on the same compound) and also be creative in finding sources of income to be able to send her children to school.
Creating meals, art and inviting people into their homes is a very important part of their family’s life. About 10 years ago the family was looking for work and Sandra’s husband Pablo was contracted to work on the banana plantations in the Caribbean. The living situation was challenging and unhealthy and the family needed another option. They had always been artistic so they created an ecological art line to sell handmade items that inspire an understanding of local ecosystems. Sandra is proud that she can support the economic situation of the house while still being able to raise her own children. She likes to be useful. By inviting her mother to cook traditional meals and make homemade tortillas for those who come into their home, Sandra and her family can make a livelihood out of sharing traditions.