Victor explained that I liked her garden, and without further prompting, she opened the gate, clearly happy to welcome visitors. I asked if it was ok to take photos; after she agreed I passed her three coins - 3Q. In US dollars, it was cents -- one US dollar= 7.5Q. I had learned it is nice to give a little when you photograph, and there was no doubt that people could use the money. Yet she seemed so surprised and pleased by my gesture.

Then I REALLY put Victor to work. I would tell him what I wanted to tell her and he would translate, then she then told him what to tell me. In between, the two of them had conversations as well. Occasionally Victor stopped and tried to fill me in in English.

Multiple images of Alvertina's garden
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