Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Update from Urubichá

 I left Santa Cruz on Monday, with Emilio.  He had come out to share at a church and have a meeting with his pastor.  We made it in one piece with no problems, and all the stuff arrived safely!

What's more, I have internet here.  I'm currently sitting on my borrowed bed with the laptop on a toilet box, because I didn't bring any furniture.

This is what the house looks like on the outside:
 This is the kitchen:
 Looking the other way.  This is the living/dining room:
Me, with all my stuff in the living room!  We were thankful to find out that there is a 4th room that they are willing to rent us for an extra $35/month, that we will mostly use for storage and maybe office space.  That brings our little house up to almost 850 square feet!

The big plan is to get this place painted and put in a bathroom.  Emilio has been helping me.  Here he is scraping the ceiling, knocking down the dirt and nastiness that has collected there, as well as the old plaster that someone put there to try to control it.  We are just going to staple up plastic sheeting to cover it.
Yesterday, a funeral procession went by.  My internal language/culture learner wanted to rush after it with a camera and notebook, but I was hot, sweaty, tired, and very dirty.

This morning, Emilio and I drove out to Ascencion, our "big town."  It's about 25 miles away, but it takes almost an hour to get there on a dry road.  He took me to his regular hardware store and I was amazed at how much stuff they have.  I really should be able to get whatever I need there.  I bought plaster, drain pipe, portland cement, and chicken wire.  Then we went to a sawmill and bought wood for building the bathroom.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Expecting the Unexpected

Our big task for this week is to move our little family to Santa Cruz.  Then, after spending a couple days buying supplies, I plan to go out to Urubichá to do some improvements to the rooms that we are going to rent.

I have a plan (you can see it in this post on The Tinker Thinker).  I am confident in my ability to turn 615 square feet of empty rooms into a useable space for us.  I know what materials I need and have a rough idea of how long it will take to finish.

That's all well and good.  It's easy to plan things and have expectations for physical things that we can understand, prepare for, and control.  But what about the unexpected?

What about the people?

We have met a small handful of people in Urubichá.  We know next to nothing about them.  Even Emilio and Marlen, our coworkers, are relatively unknown to us; we have spent less than 2 weeks total with them, a couple days at a time, spread out over more than a year.

What will they think about a family of gringos moving into their town?

What will they think about the way we live, the things we eat, the things we do?


We were told recently that when Emilio and Marlen planted their garden and someone noticed their spinach growing, they were told, "We only use that for witchcraft!"

I bet they didn't see that coming!!

What are we going to experience?  We don't know, but we do know that it will be unexpected!