I wanted to take the chance to update and reflect on some smaller aspects of our adventure so far.

  -  First thing I noticed recently was that we still have not completely filled up a single trash bag. I didnt even think about it until recently how little waste we have managed to produce in the past month and a half. At home, I feel like I take out the trash every other day. I obviously knew that we in the US produced an absurd amount of waste/trash, but I was surprised by how little we have produced here when not buying individualized and packaged goods. I also dont know what to do with our trash bag if we do fill it up. Upon initial observation, it seems as if most of it ends up plastering the river bed or crop fields.
  -   It rains here every single day without fail. In one second, we will sitting on the hillside enjoying the sun, and within a minute, we will be enveloped by the cloud and disappear for the rest of the afternoon. Given our position high up in the mountains, it feels like we are in Avatar, floating in midair.

  -   The weather is perfect for our radishes though! So we seem to have actually been able to grow a successfull harvest of radishes. After cleaning and separating them these past few weeks, they have sprouted! Its pretty sweet that they actually grew. For me, I know that this is the first time I have ever harvested crop. Within the next few days, we will be pulling them all, to eat and share with the community.

-   I have pledged to myself that I will cook a big meal of rice, beans, lard, and home made corn tamalitoes for my family and any friends who like to join. After 5 hours of cooking over an open fire every day, cooking has become a new passion of mine that I hope to keep pursuing when I get back. The existence of a stove, oven, and microwave might throw me off a bit though. Let me know if you would like to join and I will cook more!

-   I have little battles with my mind everyday over when to eat my banana or finish off my rice and beans from the night before. And it is always a tough call. I have written long journal entries, haha, about whether or not to eat the banana, why I need the banana, and how temporary the happiness from the banana really is; all the while staring at the succulent fruit in my hand. Is it easier to finish all my food at breakfast so that I can accept it is gone and stop thinking about it? Or is it better to save it, take small bites every hour, and drag it out throughout the day. Everyone of us has a different style in this regard.

-    My shoulders and my butt bone are both bruised from sitting and sleeping.

-    I consider going to bed at 9 pm a late night

-    Sean still has not once been able to use his contacts because his fingers are so dirty.

-   I have only washed my clothes one time, and that consisted of running water over them

-   Chino noticed my flea bites and commented on them. I asked if he has ever had fleas. He said "Si claro, todo tienen pulgas". Or in English, Yes, of course, everyone here has fleas.

-    When you feel anxious, try to take a few minutes to simply breathe, long deep breaths through your stomach. While you may think you dont have 5 minutes to waste, it might prove invaluable to your tranquility and happiness for the day.

7/27/2010 11:16:29 pm

Much as I am looking forward to having you home, the dogs, cats and I would be eternally grateful if you would please destroy any fleas nestling in your clothes beforehand! Better still, perhaps you could wear something clean??

Haley Priebe
7/28/2010 02:06:43 pm

Temps, your mom is right. There were fleas in Morocco and my friend gave them to her dog. I recommend bin-bags and a change of clothes.

On another note, love that the items in this post highlight so many small things we take for granted, like flea-less beds and waste.

If we had that awesome corn-grinder in town, I'd definitely question the lack of tamalitos on your menu. At the same time, I'm impressed that this trip has inspired a passion for cooking. What are you going to do with all the options at home? I feel Philip and Steve should take you guys out to Whole Foods.

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