The House That MAG Built - Part 3 - The Walls Come Up
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After breakfast and the usual bus ride we were back at House 1 for our third day of building. Today we would finish the weaving of the palm leafs on the wall frames. We were lucky enough to have some of the locals helping us since our group was a few people short of the group that built houses for MAG last year. When we finished weaving the wall panels we had to tighten the last section of leafs with an extra branch or bamboo before it could be put on the house.
Sometime in the late morning Steve and I were asked to start nailing the floorboards down. I really enjoyed this part of the job since it involved actually working inside of the house for a change instead of sitting outside working on the walls. In the meantime Bryan had taken over from Brett with the visiting locals with health problems.
When the floorboards had all been nailed down it was time to saw off the extending parts of the supporting beams. This once again involved bursts of energy that left me sweating like a pig and gasping for breath every now and then. The fact that at one point I had lost direction and was sawing straight into the house obviously did not help. ;-) Hey, I never said I was very good at this DIY stuff.
And then at half past 3 it was time for a bit of a magical moment. The first of the finished wall panels was lifted and fixed to the house, with the part surrounding the door following soon after.
In the evening we had dinner at the Selantra Restaurant and this was probably the first time I wasn\'t overtly impressed. The ambience was a bit clinical and the food mediocre. The Fish Amok was tasty but not the best one I\'ve ever had in Cambodia, although the Pumpkin Delight desert was certainly a great change from the normal fresh fruits dessert. Well, maybe it was just me getting restless after so many group dinners.
After dinner I ended up in the Island Bar at the night market with Dave, Steve and Abigail. Unlike the hotels and restaurants, a pint of beer was only a dollar here, so a good reason to hang out for a while. I chatted with Dave about the event and our tastes in music and had some fun teasing the waitresses before heading back to the hotel by tuk-tuk at 23:15.