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“No, I don’t have any dreams − I live life day by day,” says Valeria when I ask her about her dreams for the future. Her answer comes as a surprise because she has just told me that she is studying to be a physics teacher. It turns out that she has dreamed of being a teacher for so long that it has become part of who she is, rather than some distant future ambition.
Looking out the window of Our Princess (the name scrawled across the windscreen of our bus), I have a strange feeling. At these incredible heights, the mountains’ colours are drenched in bright light, and the space between earth and sky begins to dissolve into a sea of clouds. Extremely picturesque, but hardly the right environment for coyotes, one would assume.
The sun is directly above us as ‘‘Rain’ shoves an inquisitive nose in our direction. Rain is one of seven dogs that roam on Victor‘s small farm of 10 hectares between a forest of cocoa trees. As a member of a cooperative that sells its cocoa beans to UNOCACE, an organization supported by Oikocredit, Victor helps Germans satisfy their insatiable craving for chocolate.