Day 4


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Published: March 31st 2014
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My typical day:

Midnight: Power may or may not come on, or go off, so there may or may not be lights or fans.

12:00-4:00 AM: intermittent awakenings from heat, noise, smoke, animal sounds.

4:00-6:00 AM: Increased multiple rooster crowing, goat bleating, dog fighting, cat yowling, and soft pig grunting. Various shouts, clanks, engines.

6:00-6:30 AM: Greater rooster/goat/pig sounds; more human noise.

6:30 AM: Get up, pour bucket of water over head. Return to bed and sit reflectively, or go for a walk.

6:30-7:00 AM: Wake-up call and brush teeth, spitting outside. Dress, collapse mosquito netting.

7:00-7:30 AM: Breakfast: Plantains +? Apply copious sunblock.

7:30 AM-12:30 PM: Work on site.

12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch.

1:30-5:30 PM: Work on site.

5:30-5:45 PM: Bucket shower and change clothes.

5:45 PM-6:30 PM: Dinner.

6:30-~8:30 PM: Free.

~8:30-10:00 PM: Debriefing, meeting, presentations.

10:00-11:00 PM: Attempt to change, get ready for bed, and set up for next day while fending off children at the door and windows.

11:00 PM-12:00 AM: Reset netting and try to fall asleep.


Working at an expedient pace, beginning with shoveling dirt from the school construction site. New truckloads of sand and gravel arrive. Bailing lots of water.

Walk in the cane fields. Nice and quiet. No bananaquits (there are a few in the batey), but something brown-looking, thrush-sized, with reddish wings.

We're almost done, less than half a segment to go, but no cement. The jefe goes to get it since the delivery hasn't arrived.

We finish the court surface. Sunset with Zach, K, A, and a few students.

Dinner of chicken noodle soup and a fresh roll purchased from a vending child.

Debriefing by lantern light. The local kids are excited and already playing on the dry sections of the court. The participants are happy.


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