Catch-up



Since I last wrote, it still hasn't really rained. Apparently, Nicaragua is going through something of a drought. This means a couple of exciting things for us, which we discovered particularly in the last couple of weeks... water and power rations!

The discovery occurred the night after my birthday... that's right, I am now a grand old twenty seven. Anyway, all that aside, we decided to go and visit Jimmy Three Fingers for dinner, partly to celebrate my birthday and partly because the water had been out all day and it's difficult to cook with no water. So halfway through our meal the ambiance kicked in... meaning the power disappeared. The staff started muttering things like "oh, no power to go with the no water!" It was all very mood lighting as candles appeared on the tables, and so we headed home to wait for the power to return to us. And waited. We do have these excellent emergency lights that provide about two hours reading time each, however we decided to drag our rocking chairs out onto the front porch and watch the lightning, and the cars and the cyclists (they are amazing, they ride their bikes with no lights in the pitch black, risking life and limb at every open drain and pot hole!) and Dave played with the camera and the torch - as you can see in the pictures. And both the lights and the water came on at about eleven that night, so we had fans for sleeping. However, when they both went out the next day, and the next day, and the next day... we started to get a bit concerned and asked our Spanish teacher what was going on.



It turns out that since the rain hasn't come, and petrol is so expensive, and a variety of other factors, the government are experimenting with rationing. Which is very exciting, and quite reasonable really when you think about it. So we are learning to live with the uncertainty of such services, and making sure that we get stuff done when we have water and power. We have the whole thing down to a fine art now; buckets and tanks and bottles in the bathroom and kitchen, emergency lights charged, and of course, if it all gets really desperate they sell five gallons of springwater for $1.50 so we can always be really posh and bathe in springwater. The moral of this story is, don't put off washing your hair till tomorrow, because there might not be water tomorrow...



We did go looking at petrol generators, because it is alright if the power is back on before you go to bed but it is no joke trying to sleep without a fan! Turns out they were quite a bit more than we were willing to part with, so I decided that I would go to the market and buy some gorgeous little Jesus candles in glasses to brace for the power outs becoming a staple in our lives. Everyone at the market was most impressed by my candles, a couple of people even came up and enquired as to where I had found them! They were very fetching. Anyway, got them home, set them up ready to use, and lo and behold! Jesus kept the power on! Now, the power still flickers on and off occasionally, but we aren't having the six or seven hour blackouts at the moment... it turns out my candle buying has really done the trick for now. Because you know, when god said "let there be light", he wasn't kidding.



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I've always said that embracing Jesus would do you a world of good Brij. What with you and Dave living in Sin and all that...
Love,
Luke.