Farms are tough

Trip Start Apr 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

This isn´t much of a surprise, but living on a farm takes a bit of getting used to and I most definitely respect anyone who does farm work on a regular basis. We´re still having a good time, but working here makes me laugh when I think back to the days when I would come home thinking I was tired just from standing in a coffee shop for 6 hours. We´ve only done a week and a half of work so far, but our jobs have consisted of hauling large heavy piles of grass up big hills, raking and shoveling soil for new plants, cleaning out the animal houses, and washing all the tools. Nothing too ridiculous, but on days when the sun is shining down on us while we´re working, it can get a bit exhausting. I guess it´s a different and fresher way to get the exercise that I always say we should be doing. No gyms on the farms, but plenty of hills to make up for the eliptical machine and stairmaster. We´ve also been receiving quite a few electricity blackouts, but that has nothing to do with the farm and is actually a recent problem with all of Costa Rica. Strangely enough it makes everyone more social because when there´s absolutely no light and only a few candles, we all sit together in a group and do nothing but talk. I never even thought to bring some, but all those large scented candles in my old bedroom would be quite handy here. And one final thing that has taken a bit of adjusting to is accepting the fact that we are in the middle of wilderness, and thus much of the wildlife that is small enough to come into our cabin is going to try. We found a few bats living in our cabin, and at first we gave them names and called them pets. However eventually they became more of a nuisance when they´d fly around in the middle of the night and leave their own mess all over the floor. One of the farmers, Alan, came in and killed them for us, and afterwards we turned them into compost by sticking them in the large pile. We had also asked Alan if it was ok to buy some Raid to eliminate all the bugs that crawl out in the evening. But he wasn´t up for that because he doesn´t like the chemicals that are used in that type of repellent. I have no idea how they make their own, but as soon as I mentioned it to him, he was nice enough to put us in a different cabin for one evening and fumegate ours with some natural products from the farm. Tonight we return to our original one, so we´ll get to see if it really worked or not to get rid of the bugs. I´m still not sure how long we´re going to stay on the farm, but so far nothing has been much of a problem and as of now we´ll be here at least another week. We´re also starting to look into jobs for afterwards. We received a couple leads from different friends and family, so now we just need to get back to updating those resumes.
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