Here is a video of me shaving.
After two and a half months of growth i decided to shave my beard. The humidity here was creating microclimates in my chin area, causing afternoon thunderstorms that hurt my face. It was also trapping too much food, inspiring the roadside roosters ferociously peck at me on my walk home from work. I am now the owner of 1 (debatably) pretty mustache.
Here is a joke:
There r 3 baby cows & a momma cow. The 1st cow says "Momma y is my name Rose?" & the momma cow says "Bc when u were born, a rose came down and fell on your head." The 2nd cow walks over and says "Momma y is my name Daisy?" Momma cow says "Bc when you were born a daisy came down and fell on your head." By this time the 3rd cow has walked over & he says "ajfhafkheuugweubgv" and momma cow says "Shut up Cinder Block."
|My new mustache.|
Here is a link to the newly posted pictures on my flickr site.
I have been doing some more fun and exciting things, mostly having to do with my EWB project here. Last week, Arturo, one of the community leaders in our site, asked Heath, Lauren, and I to attend the general assembly on Sunday. At least one member of each household was required to show up, so there were about 300 - 400 people there. Heath and I were surprised to discover that we were about to be up on the big stage, and were expected to say a few words about our project! The nerves were going, I'd never spoken to more than a class or team. And those were always in English. After Arturo explained the finances regarding our project with the community (for about an hour), it was our time to shine. We didn't really; more of a dull glimmer. Wet rust, maybe. Heath got stagefright and said a few somewhat understandible words, before handing me the mic. I wasn't really ready for it either, going up there intending to emphasize that our end of this project was all donation money, not our own. I think I was successful at that, but to be honest I don't really know. Those 7 or 8 minutes of my life are a memory most similar to those after a night of heavy drinking (I've been told.)
|Limbing up the tree|
So, on Tuesday after a long day of cutting down branches that were obstructing the new power lines, Heath and I hitched down to Hotel Alicante, a super swanky resort that Peace Corps. rented out for 3 nights. We were given our own room with hot showers, and good food in the dining lounge. The place was enormous. In exchange for the room and board, we figured it would be best if we put together a professional "seeming" presentation, touching on the intention and goals of EWB, and how Peace Corps. can utilize our services. It kind of was, but it also featured us with our shirts off on at least three occasions. Heath and I were thrown into the Peace Corps. social scene that night, and we all went into town to watch the "Noche de Velas," or a candle ceremony thing that was going on. We made our presentation that night after we got home.
|Heath and I giving our presentation|
|New transformer for the pump.|
The electrical engineer is just about done installing all of the new posts and has strung up the new power lines as well. All is ready to give power to the new location, except we're having some trouble getting the final 15 feet or so of branches limbed. Something going on with not having permission yet. Supposedly, it will be settled (aka, ignored) and just done next week.
|Heath bending some bars|
|My hands after working.|
|Digging a trench for the foundation|
I leave the house around 6:20am, and am back around 6pm, and am pretty exhausted at the end of the day. I've got a bit of a scratchy throat and "called in sick" today, but Heath called and said things were still rollin' up there. I plan on being back up there tomorrow, unless Lauren gets me sicker. She's got Giardia, a cough, weird burn, and the barfs. I'm making sure she stays put in her shed out back.
Other than all this work stuff, I haven't had a ton of time to play around, but I did get a chance to visit Los Chorros de la Calera. Check them out. There was a tunnel there that led through scary underwater passageways, and i swam through them. You can also jump off the cliffs there. If any visitors come here, its about a 20 minute walk from my place.
|Los Chorros de la Calera|