I didn't go up to the village today (because I went to Spanish school this afternoon), so this morning I slept in a little bit (til 8:20!!) then Skyped with a friend who just moved to Tanzania for 6 months through VIM. Christine and I met at the VIM training in October and I am blessed to have her as a new friend. We are going on our adventures at the same time, and will be experiencing the emotional phases (see a previous blog about this) around the same times. I know we will be great rocks for each other to lean on during maybe some not so happy times.
After my Skype cut us off (yes I live in Guatemala and my internet is horrible) I decided it was time to wash my clothes. I hadn't done it since I moved here and seeing as I only packed really one bag full of clothes I was starting to run out. So here's the deal with washing clothes here. I can take them into town to have them washed, I could take them over to another volunteer's house and pay to wash them and also have to just sit around their house all day or take trips back and forth, or I could just wash them myself here. I decided to do it once myself and see how it turned out. I bought my detergent at the store the other day and this morning finally had the time to test it out.
This is the wash center at our house. I went to Emme (Alberto's wife) and asked her to show me how to wash my clothes. If you had been watching and/or listening to us trying to have this conversation in Spanish you would have been on the floor laughing. Imagine it more like a complicated game of charades.
There are 3 steps... Soak, scrub, and rinse (obviously just like a washing machine). The biggest issues that I had once I finally figured out what Emme was trying to tell me was how cold the water was (it was FREEZING!) and all the spiders. They were everywhere! On a side note I have killed 9 spiders in the past 4 days. One was in my bed and another one crawled on my hand while I was doing dishes! I spent the weekend walking around my apartment with my shoe in hand like I was being attacked.
Granddaddy's email: A Chigger is tiny (I mean magnifying glass tiny) red spider that burrows under the skin and establishes a blood connection, It releases an enzyme to improve blood supply hence the itch intensity but unlike the mosquito this guy likes his new digs and the more you scratch the better the blood supply.
I almost cried (yes I'm emotional) when I read that. Anyways, here is a lovely picture of part of my leg (excuse the ugly scar). My ENTIRE legs are covered with these red bumps which are apparently spiders living inside me. SO GROSS!!!!