Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day 3: Flight to San Cristobal and Settling In

20110615-054.jpg by melbergink
20110615-054.jpg, a photo by melbergink on Flickr.

Needed to be at the airport VERRRRRY early, so Patricio picked us up. He had to leave early because at a certain time, he was not allowed to drive. To lower congestion, people are only allowed to drive on certain days. I guess on the other days it encourages carpooling. Interesting system – brilliant, but I would probably be frustrated with it.

After landing in San Cristobal, we saw a double doppelganger – a mesh of TWO friends. She was stylish and cool in her own way. Julia and I were both fascinated. We were happy to get off the flight, which contained an entire class of late elementary school kids. It was very difficult to not try to be responsible for their annoying antics. I wanted to go all teacher all over that bunch! They were crawling over everything!

We hopped into the first truck ride of many to the Jatun Sacha (pronounced Hah-toon Saw-cha) site. About 45 minutes, half paved / half muddy and bumpy. The folks we rode up with were not too friendly (not the norm, they were the one-week Brits and exclusive in nature). At the station we lugged our packs to the bunkrooms and found everyone in hammocks. They were already done for the day! The schedule was as follows:
7 Breakfast
8-10 Work
10-10:30 Break
10:30-12 Work
12 Lunch
2-4 Work
6 Dinner

If the morning work lasted until 1, therefore delaying lunch, then afternoon work was canceled, which was the scenario today. Non-work times were usually spent recovering from heat, humidity, and labor. Also known as the SIESTA. I think I may campaign for it here in the US. Fabulous.

1 comment:

  1. Oooh! Love the look of the new blog! Fantastic composition on your photo (I can't help myself, I have to comment on it!) Love your Siesta illustration. Perfect.

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