Stampede

Posted: January 21, 2012 in Laos
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Instead of suffering our cold showers we’ve finally set out to discover the Blue Lagoon. It’s a pond filled with water coming directly out of the mountains, and due to the amount of chalk in the water the lagoon turns a beautiful color blue, though the water stays clear enough to still be able to see the fish. It makes for a lovely swim after a day of working in the hot weather as the middle of the lagoon is almost 2 meters deep.

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We’ve told you about our wandering buffalo before. They seem to really enjoy their visits with us, despite our buffalo herding efforts. The other day our dwarf crew decided to help out in the herding, by riding their bicycles after them while screeching in Lao and ringing their bells. Today the boys changed tactics and decided to chase them on foot. Though they did manage to chase the buffalo away from the community centre and garden, they had so much fun chasing them that they seemed to have forgotten the point was to herd the buffalo off of the property. Instead it turned into a ‘wild buffalo hunt’ which ended in a full on stampede after the buffalo were cornered between the fence, the pig pen and a group of hysterical Lao boys. The buffalo came crashing through the fence, after which they escaped from the dwarf crew by thrashing through the pond and running off.

When we came here we had a grand total of five volenteers at the project, by this afternoon we had expanded to 13 1/2. Thirteen volunteers and an extra 3 year old, who’s getting along quite well with our residential toddlers and who enjoys helping her parents with the mud building. It was a bit crowded in the camp, but as two of the volunteers have left this afternoon we’re back to 11 1/2 volunteers, which is a bit more comfortable.

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As the new kitchen get’s quite hot during the day, and we really want to finish the electricity project before we leave, we decided to work some more after our swim. We dragged out all our equipement to the restaurant and started preparing lightswitches and sockets in te sun. We didn’t get very far as Jasper was soon dragged off to be the local hero after a tuktuk laden with bicycles on the roof managed to take down the main power cables running atop of the bridge towards our camp, leaving everybody after the bridge without electricity. Luckily these cables can be switched off pretty nearby -about 800m away- so we actually got to (temporarily)  fix them. They will have to be replaced, though, because the isolating rubber around them got ripped apart. As the break is right on a wooden bridge, the ‘safety’ solution was to rip the deck out of the bridge and use that to block the access ramps, forcing drivers to ford the creek next to the bridge. The rest of us spent the time building a campfire, while we waited for the power to come back on.

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  1. Mam says:

    When in heavens name did you learn electricity Devie? or was it a kind of osmosis….? marvelous! love mam

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