The Home: A beautiful home on a hill, with a beautiful yard, and lots of animals! They had a large living room, with two bedrooms, and a small storage room. They cooked in a shed outside where their chickens were kept! And what should not be surprising is the pit latrine I used all week. Good thing I did plenty of squats and wall-sits throughout my High School career ;) Nothing surprising happened with the pit latrine, until the very last night. As I was there, I noticed something move in the hole. I shined my flashlight down and to my surprise there were BATS! In the hole. Needless to say I quickly finished my business, and got out of there. My worst nightmare were those bats flying up through the hole and filling the latrine with me trapped inside. Being caught with your pants down has a whole new meaning.
The Routine: while each day was slightly different I had a fairly established routine. I would wake with the sun around 6:30 everyday, throw some clothes on, then go with Victor to tend to the animals. That’s right- Farmhand Wyatt! I would trek through the fields, to get to the animal pen and help get the sheep out then get the cows. Now, this wasn’t as easy as it sounded. The sheep were stubborn (frequently having to pull them by their rope) and having to direct the cows was no easy task. A little tap with a stick was all that was need to get them moving.
After we got the animals tied up to graze for the day, we returned home to enjoy a nice breakfast of chai (a very milky tea – hopefully I can learn to make it and bring some with me back home!) and either chapati or mandazi’s. After a nice long breakfast, Victor would head out to work and I would prepare for my day of surveying. I would conduct my research during the afternoon, then return to play with my host siblings until a late dinner and visiting with Victor and Hellen. I was usually asleep by ten, and we would start over the next day!