The guide to surviving the “Live like a local day”
Step 1: Awake to the alarm of Jeremy More; set to go off 1 hour before the actual wake up call (so you can mentally prepare yourself for the day).
Step 2: Pack bags and remove all snacks and lollies. (clean off tear stains from snack/lollies packets)
Step 3: Pile into the bus and weep away tears; we were prohibited from blasting music from the speakers and forced to… talk to one another instead of singing karaoke style.
Step 4: Get off bus, take a seat at the many tables and listen to the comments from last night’s blog (Shout out to the embarrassing comments… NOT! – Sean/Daniel K), say grace for the food, today it was a small bowl of rice porridge with an egg, fear not, vegans had options too!
Step 5: Get back on the bus, hiding your hunger pains and travel to the community.
Step 6: Get set to allocated tasks, choices of: Having fun with a machete on weeds (somehow no one got hurt…. – Josh), packing rice/noodle packets into bags to be handed out or shelling down at the shore.
Step 7: Eat small portion of rice porridge… with an egg…. Again.
Step 8: Resume construction on the road, thanks to the raised emergency money. We had everything we needed, rocks, sand and hope that our shovels, hoes and pickaxes wouldn’t break…. They did! (Shout out to Mr Beacham for running quick repairs all day).
Step 9: Go for regular water breaks during construction, avoid Mr Pitman when he decided to have a mud fight with Mrs Thyer. Thyer 1 – Pitman 0
Step 10: Remember to gasp in awe as another truck delivers more of our favourite building materials, rocks and sand. Also, gasp in awe at the progress made today on the road – shout out to Josh, Liam and Mr Beacham with those heavy rocks!!
Step 11: When “tools down” is called, carry yourself to the meeting spot in the community and prep for leaving – assuming you could still stand.
Step 12: Cry while walking back to the bus. The children’s smiles made it all worth it in the end -Josh.
Step 13: Upon finally arriving at your hotel room, avoid looking your snacks in the eye, you can’t eat them yet!
Step 14: Jump for glee as the dinner call is announced… oh… more rice porridge and egg…
And there you have it, the not very good step by step guide on surviving the “Live like a local day”. We hope that this guide shows just how difficult it can be to survive the day, and highlights some aspects of the trip thus far. (Can’t wait for breakfast – Sean).
This guide proudly sponsored by:
Sean Hall and Joshua May.
P.S. Sorry for the late post, it took a while to get the multitude of photos uploaded. Mr Beacham.