Published: September 12th 2011September 12th 2011
I'm sitting here writing by windup lantern light. The electric has been off all evening which means, worse than anything, the fan's are off. The water is also off which means we're flushing the toilet, in the dark, with buckets of water. I've just had a bucket bath, in the dark, which was rendered useless as I was just as sweaty after drying myself as I was when I first started. To top it all I have a dodgy belly and sharing the house with four others while having this dodgy belly has to be the most mortifying experience of my life. I won't go into details!
So this is the life of the volunteer in The Gambia. Not that I'm complaining mind! I just want to remember this when I'm back at home sitting watching the TV on a comfy chair, glass of wine in hand, nice dinner in the oven, lovely clean toilet to go to and the prospect of a bubble bath later on.
Now I'm just praying that the fan's will come on at some point this evening or at least the lightening that has been looming overhead all night will actually turn into a huge downpour that will cool the place down. Ah the joys!