The week before Easter is a very special week here, known as Holy Week. Everyone gets the week off from school and almost everyone gets a break from work; a great time to hang out with friends, go on trips, and make Habichuelas con Dulce (Sweet Beans). Our new friends in Los Pomos invited me over on Viernes Santo (Good Friday) so that they could teach me how to make this special dish. They cook the beans with cinnamon until they're soft, then they blend the beans, and continue to cook the bean mixture with evaporated milk, sugar, cloves, and raisons. At the end they put vanilla cookies on top and eat it both warm and chilled. I must admit that it's taken me 7 years to get used to this dessert, but I really enjoyed the huge bowl full that this family gave me. Idekel joined me on this little journey too and ate Sweet Beans until he could hardly move.