20 Hours and Counting…

Good Sunday to everyone!  Still no power; 20 hours and counting.

We couldn’t do much last night because our little lantern is like a flashlight and not conducive to reading or doing things in large spaces, so went to bed early, woke up at 3:45 sharp, laid in bed until the sky began to shift (about 5 pm), and unpacked the rest of our stuff from our airline baggage.

There wasn’t much we could do at the house being it was a Sunday and without power, so internet addicts that we are, we decided to go have a coffee and get online (you can take the girl out of America but you can’t take the America out of the girl!). (Oh, and you can get the best macchiatos here; much better than Starbucks.)  So, I got dressed, put on make-up, took a look at my humid-induced frizzy hair and turned on the curling iron.  Oh yeah! We don’t have power.  So, a pony-tail again.

One of my favorite blogs is of a family that gave up their “normal” American life to live off-grid on an old Amish farm.  http://eclecticculturefarm.blogspot.com/

They inspire me daily and their blog starts from before their move and transition to life without power up to now.  I need to go back and read their early entries to find out how they set up a manageable system.

Here’s the best photo I could do last night.  That’s a papaya from our very own papaya tree.  We have about 25 fruit trees on the property including guava, mango, lemon, orange and banana.






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8 Responses to 20 Hours and Counting…

  1. Michael says:

    Hello and hugs. This makes city life in China look tame.

  2. Mikey says:

    I see two options. One, think like a Nord Americano and set up some high-tech power solution (talk to Graham). Two, embrace the local culture and make hay (or something) while the sun shines (and power flows). But philosophy is easier from 5000 miles away and 24 hour power (without which, I would add, we would die of exposure).

  3. Maureen Witte says:

    Hope the power comes on again soon!!!

  4. Sandy Firestone says:

    Kim, the papayas that ripe on the trees are so tasty. I eat them just like that when we go to Puerto Rico. Thanks for the photo and I hope that you donot have to go through many power outages. Enjoy the fruits… wow!!!! I love guavas too.

  5. Bridget says:

    when do you get started on a garden? do you have access to seeds?

  6. Kimm X Jayne says:

    We actually started on our garden yesterday. The seed choices are really limited here but I ordered some before I left the states and they’ll come in our shipment. We planted lettuce and basil. Outside our block walls some other tenants have planted hundreds of tomato plants.

  7. Tammy says:

    My husband and I are entertaining the option of a short stint (1 year) as expats in Zambia. We’d live in or near Lusaka. We did a bout with our teenagers in Santiago, Chile – so we understand the drill. Knowing the day-to-day about life there is a HUGE help. I am enjoying your blog! I blogged our Chilean adventures. It’s a form of therapy while you are there and the memories are so precious. You forget the details so quickly.
    Thank you for sharing your story! I can’t stop reading….

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