Posted by: patriciamar | September 2, 2009

Chickens and A/C

Today has been a very good day so far.  It is only 10:00 a.m., and I have already felt the gentle and beautiful blow of air conditioning twice.  First, after my failed attempt to meet up with Mr. O and visit the Alor Kecil school, Pak picked me up on the way home in an air conditioned little blazer.  Later, on the way to the internet, I stopped at the atm and the atm vestibule was air conditioned. Plus, on the way to the ATM, I got to see a guy riding an ojek (small motorcycle) with someone on the back who was carrying two chickens in each hand (dead).

As I am typing this, I am at the internet café, but unfortunately, no internet.  If this ever makes it online, that means that eventually it started working.  So far, no bananas.  This may also explain why the internet café was closed yesterday, which it never has been before.

So far this week has been fairly slow and uneventful.  After Matt’s informant was unable to come on Sunday, it went downhill from there.  On Monday, we went to see Bapak Sere, who was also not there, but at least we took an ojek and had a nice ride across the island.  The scenery was beautiful and the road runs pretty much right along the coast, so it was almost like a little tour.  After arriving in Alor Kecil, although Bapak Sere was not there, we walked in the water down the coast until we ran into people we know (Fun!).  Two of the doctors that we met the week before, one who even stays at the same homestay as us, work in a little clinic in Alor Kecil.  We spent a few minutes talking with them and then headed back to Kalabahi with one of them as well.

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