#85 - first week of habitat for humanity
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March 30th, 2009 – by: radrockyd
Meetings with the Government - so interesting that before our project began they brought us to a ton of meetings & a bunch of different governement officials gave us their welcome speech. very political stuff here. they even busted out a new ho chi minh statue for one of our meetnigs.
Daily schedule - Here's pretty much how every day went:
6:30am - alarm clock went off & i struggled out of bed
6:45am -7am-ish - bring your breakfast coupon (what you ordered the day before) down to the dining room & sit at long table with everyone else who had already made it down
7:05am - get my 2 fried eggs & bread.
7:20am - rush back to the room to make sure i had everything in my backpack for the day (gloves, shoes, wet nap thingys, electrolyte thingys, stickers for kids, sunblock, bug spray, hat, towel)
7:29am - made SURE i was on the bus before 7:30am because if you were late, you had to buy beers for everyone that night
7:32am - greg would be getting on the bus & we would be yelling at him. :)
7:50am - jack would announce the "line up" for the day, who was going to which houses...there were 3 of them
8am - arrive at house
8am - 11am - do one of the following: mix cement (which we called "poon" - just imagine the jokes around that), schlep cement to the people laying bricks, lay bricks, scrape tiles, sift sand, move sand, dig holes, fill holes, move bricks, do bucket brigades of cement to create a roof, wash rocks, play with kids (that happened more for me than others!), take pictures, make a lot of bad and/or crass jokes, laugh and keep doing all of the above
11am - break time! yay! we always had some sort of fruit or snack.
11:20 - 12:30 - repeat all of the tasks above
12:30 - lunch time! when at house 1 (where i was for most of the time) this entailed going down to the neighbors house, taking off our shoes, & sitting at the table set up for us inside the house...we would then have several bowls of stuff put in front of us - usually consisting of an assortment of the following: morning glory, tofu stuffed with some kind of meat, chicken (that usually included a lot of bone), several different types of pork products, small quail eggs, some soup with green leaves in it, rice, chili peppers and then our beloved chili sauce!
during lunch time sometimes we would end up taking naps on the hard benches in their house, play badmitton with each other & our vietnameses hostesses, or just run around & play with the kids (again, that was usually me)
1:30pm - 4:30pm - again, repeat some/all of the tasks above depending on what was going on at the house
4:30pm/5pm - hear our awesome bus horn coming down the street (i wish i could write out how it sounded - craig, if you are reading this, can you give it a shot?)
5pm - get a beer handed to you as you get on the bus
5pm - 5:30pm-ish - head back to the hotel.
7pm - meet downstairs for dinner...again, being sure NOT to be late....walk to a restaurant for dinner
7pm - 9pm - have a fun dinner with the entire group, pop the little packages they gave us with face wipes really loudly, say "mot, hai, ba, YO!" before we drank, drink lots of wine & maybe even have a shot of johnny walker (ick!)
9pm - after dinner varied from going to the karaoke bar across the street, to getting a massage, to playing a crazy game (and i do mean, CRAZY) game of uno, to just collapsing after another long day & feeling all kinds of sore muscles!
Some things I want to remember:
- jokes about poon
- jokes about dong (that's the vietnamese currency - we sure got a lot of mileage out of that one)
- counting with the lunch lady: mot, hai, ba, boong, nam, sow, bye, tam, chin, MOU-EYE
- laughing so hard that second day on house #1, laughing so hard in the bus that day & laughing so hard at dinner that night
- seeing the dog on the back of the motorbike
- the sound of our bus horn
- talking in fragments.
- he's so smart....and have nice ass (definition of a smart ass)
- laughing SOOOOO hard at karaoke (thank you SO much max for your rendition of sweet child of mine)
- all the scenery - getting used to seeing rice paddies & women in conical hats & all the traffic & all the street vendors - just everything
- coming up with songs that had ROCK in it when wendy & i were washing rocks
- the crazy women's urinal thing at the karaoke bar
- wendy & i going to karaoke one night by ourselves & singing britney spears
- on the worksite, coming up with songs for random things we would say
- TAY and TU!!! i just love those little girls
- if i think of more i will add them! :)
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