Anndddd we're back at it again with this weeks Archituesday blog. If you're still following, I hope you're entertained because we have a few more weeks so hang in there.
Weather is still getting hotter, yet back at home I keep getting told it's the opposite and in reality, I've never been this excited for cold weather. The campsite has been getting vacant the past week as the French and Spanish team both finished and have rushed home, but first showering us with gifts such as leftover shampoos, room furnishings, and of course the wonderful children of the village. We are currently four and after Thursday, we will be three until December 1st (Catrina and I still don't have end dates, but we have been invited to another local wedding).
This past week was very eventfully as Monday- Wednesday there was filming in the village by an independent director from Ohio. Wednesday ending in a huge village bond fire at the soccer field.
Thursday and Friday was local competitions for the children as seven other villages came to compete in handball, volleyball, table tennis, and their form of basketball.
(His facial expression reads: "This is my oburoni [white person], get your own!")
And as many people were leaving and it was also one of our worker's birthdays, the past weekend was full of festivities. The French team hosted a candlelit party in their newly finished library for all the volunteers and locals, which was a great photo opp.
The party later continued at Akapo Spot, the local watering hole, for Abass' birthday. It was an enjoyable time and the locals of course had their current favorite song, "One Corner" on loop while performing several interesting and provocative dances amongst the men. Sunday was "Sunday Special", which didn't consist of any specials, except for the speaker system outside of the bar pumping local tunes from after church was released until.. well I'm not really sure because I went to bed. Mind you the bar is about a 10 minute walk to our campsite, yet we heard the music perfectly. Well perfect in their terms because the amount of bass added to the system adds to a lovely muffled fuzz after every beat and bump.
In other news, construction is chugging along as we just completed all our walls and concrete cap and step higher to the roof structure. Catrina and I had the opportunity to finish off the ramming of the walls with the last two layers of Earth. Floor slab, windows, and doors will follow in the upcoming weeks and we'll see if we can squeeze our budget for some additional final touches. Fun fact: Our visas also expired about a month ago, so we now know what it feels like to be illegal in a country and working.
We are now a staggering number of two, along side our local laborers which we have also cut back on. But the Mexicans did beat the French on Cinco de Mayo at the Battle of Puebla, so we too will out do this heat, fatigue, and elongated timeframe; just hopefully a lot sooner than May 5th.
The malaria plague has hit home as Spanish team leader Alberto got bed rest for 3 days after being bitten by (insert Steve Erwin voice) a deadly, vicious mosquito; look at the sucker on that thing. As others have stopped taking their pills as well, due to either side effects or shortage of doses, they have seeked shelter and other forms of ammunition such as long sleeves and DEET. I myself have been off my medication now for a couple of weeks because we have gone over our time frame and I decided to start taking them again before my flight so I don't get infected right before my flight and prolong my time here. Although DEET isn't good for you, it's really not good for the mosquitos. They die upon landing on my skin, pretty impressive.
Anyways, it's currently 6:30pm and I'm on my way to the village for ginger tea time with the locals which starts at "5:30pm" so I'll be right on time. (I know, I've blended into the cultural habits so well.) Until next time everybody, stay classy and save me some snow!