Today, I'm a bike mechanic
Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
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Eventually, I realized breakfast was in the process of being made. We were having avacado sandwiches, instead of the usual bread with Nescafé fake coffee. After I reaized that, I was a little happier. Avacado's are hard to find; someone in the family was probably in Cotonou the day before and brought some back.
After breakfast, I washed my bike. It was SO dirty from the rain we've had lately. My gears are/were broken from the corn stalk incident the other night, so I tried to fix them using the knowledge I had from bike classes.
Cleaning my bike and trying to repair the gears was an all-afternoon process. I was so involved with it that I forgot to eat lunch! Maman had to ask me why I hadn't eaten yet...lol.
After I ate, I worked on my bike some more. I had some troubles getting the gears to shift properly. I got a bit frustrated, but being my stubborn self, I didn't want to give up.
Vince, told me I needed to take a break. Finally, I gave-in and decided to rest for 5 mins. I went back to my bike, worked on it a bit, and finally it started to work better...not perfect, but well enough for me to use. The bike instructor was coming in a few days anyway to do a "tune-up" to everyone's bikes.
After that, I showered (well, bucket bathed), wrote some emails/napped, and went to the Cyber for 2 hours. Came back home, ate dinner, and sat around with the family again.