4:30a Your host family begins to stir.
5a (Sunrise) Your host family is feeding goats, cleaning the floors, and banging pots and pans together. Alarm clocks not necessary.
5:30a Get out of your sleeping bag, enclosed in your mosquito net, and head downstairs for morning tea.
6a Drink AMAZING Nepali tea. If you’re into sugar, this is the stuff.
6:15a Hike up to the project site. Over the corn field and through the rice paddy field.
6:45a – 8:30a Build a school. You might be digging, hauling rocks, dunking bricks, cutting rebar, or passing cement down an assembly line of people – all are possible on any given day.
8:30a – 9a Morning tea time [aka the best time of the day]! It’s nice to veg out for 30 minutes and talk about all the American food you’re going to eat when you get home.
9a – 10:30a Build a school
10:30a – 1:30p Dal Bhat and lunch break. You’ll eat Dal Bhat (rice, cooked vegetables, lentil soup, and an egg if you’re lucky) for the first 10 minutes and then crack jokes about the bathroom for the next 2 hours and 50 minutes. Or, if you are Ann Rainey, you’ll lay down with your raincoat over your face and pass out for 2 hours and 50 minutes.
1:30p – 4p Build a school
4p – 4:30p Afternoon tea time. By this point, you are so grateful to be sitting on a bench with the nice afternoon breeze. Your muscles are starting to get sore but the end of the day is in sight.
4:30p – 6p Build a school. This is the best stretch of the day by far. The sun is setting, the temperature drops…
6p – 7p Hike home, drink tea, enjoy an afternoon snack (like my favorite cucucumber slices with Old Bay), and rinse off either under a spicket or with a bucket. In any order.
7:30p Dal Bhat #2.
8:30p (This is not a joke) Time to go to to bed! One night, Carrie turned to me and said “you don’t even want to know what time it is right now”. It was one of those “you don’t even want to know what time it is right now” when you are leaving a club in NYC after a big night out and it’s light outside. It was 9:30p.
More of the Day in the Life series to come!