Backed by popular request, today’s general blog post is brought to you by EWB Columbia, Team Uganda, the team that just pretty much completed their implementation trip. Word up. The MFP team undertook their final field assessment trip last Thursday, and the Rain Water Harvesting portion of the project had it’s last rubber reducer tightened Saturday. Was it epic? In my mind, it was awesome, but the scene was just like the whole team sitting on some concrete, watching Joey on a ladder with the screwdriver, doing his thing. We then just dug a little pit, with the help of the community, and let it be. There was some lackluster congratulations to all involved, some genuine smiles under weary eyes, and we went to eat a pretty amazing meal.

Still need to do some sealing of the gutters, because they are kinda leaky. Sigh… That’s what we did today. The team is not hoping for rain – the sealant/gutter glue thing is supposed to be applied in a dry environment. Before I came, the prospect of exercise every day was like not on my mind, because I’ve traveled before, and it’s just hard to stay active other than walking or running to something. Our project is probably as labor intensive as it gets. We have 3 wood ladders. One of them weighs heavy. We have to carry it every day around the school.

On the way back from the restaurant, it was pitch dark except for our little torches lighting the handful of square meters around us. We were on a field. Suddenly, we happened upon the biggest pile of writhing ants I’ve ever seen, especially because the little dudes are like 2.5 cm long, CRAZZY. We then realized that it wasn’t a pile, it was just a blob in a continuation of them. This line was thick as half of my arm, and it just stretched out from the as far as we could illuminate our lights. I was wearing sandals. My foot got bit by one. It hurt like really really bad. Army ants man, they eat elephants stuff. Can you imagine just sleeping on a field at night if you were a mighty elephant, and waking up to ants all over your, trying to eat you? It seriously feels like lava, like a lava stream that’s alive, and has a hive mind. Seriously awesome. We also saw a frog jump around. Hella paranoid after I got bit, so the rest of the trip back I was jumpy.

Am I allowed to say that one of us got malaria? Took a while to get to a clinic with a doctor, but the blood tests came back. Malarone, whack. 1) Misquitos- can someone tell me a ecological justification for them. I need one because I feel bad when I think/say/do “mosquito genocide.” 2) It showed me how much this team is a team, we really take care of each other. I look back on these past few weeks, it’s clear that we did something here that’s more than some reports or a manifesto/mission statement/w/e or a summer volunteer thing. This is some serious, coming of age stuffs. Could just be speaking for myself.

David, hope all is well in NYC. Hot over there huh~~~? Haha.