Thursday, December 29, 2011

Water


Water, as you probably know, covers about 75% of the earth. Your brain is made up 90% water, and the rest of your body is 70% water.

Water is necessary for life. But before I start sounding like a science book, water is one of the more important things on our trip.

The average human needs 2 litres of water a day. We don't have that many water bottles, first off. And except for Japan… there are no public drinking fountains. So on the days we work the most, we also drink the least. This is bad, of course, but at the moment we're surviving quite well. 

But… water isn't JUST for drinking! Water is used to wash with (which includes brushing teeth), make food with, and create electricity. It's also used for recreation and keeping people indoors (we haven't seen rain in a while, though).

Washing

In India and Nepal, there usually is no shower curtain to pull. Not even a little one. The entire bathroom is the shower, which means that if you turn on the shower head…

1) Your clothes get sprayed
2) The toilet paper will be wet.
3) And so will anything else you deign to bring into the bathroom, unless you're REALLY careful.

Occasionally there is a bucket— a big one— in the bathroom. This bucket can be filled halfway with water, and then using a smaller bucket, you can pour water over yourself in small increments. It doesn't splash as much, but it's harder to get your back. I tend not to care about my back though.

Brushing Teeth

After Japan, everywhere you go, you need to use bottled water (which is code for boiled water, sterilized water, etc.) for anything you put in your mouth that isn't cooked. I miss Japan in this respect.

The rest of the procedure is kind of the same, but it's hard controling the flow of the water when you're washing the toothbrush at the same time. TRY IT.

Making Food

 You must always wash salads and fruits with bottled water. For boiled foods, it's permissible to use tap water.

Electricity

In Nepal, water helps create the electricity. When there is no water, there is no power. There wasn't much water in Nepal at the time we were there, so there were two power cuts a day, for 30 minutes to two hours, at times. I think. I'm not sure when the morning power cut starts. They don't always start at the same time, of course, but there's usually a morning cut and then an evening cut.

ALL the buildings have emergency lights, which are run by solar power, and the larger places have a generator, but that's only specific lights. You can't charge anything during the power cut, which means that Ioan didn't get to play Civilization much in Nepal.

The power also goes out in Goa at times, but it's usually short… five minutes to half an hour. 


I'm listening to the Dirty Dancing sound track. I want to watch the movie. Again.

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