This morning it occurred to me again just how long life can take over here as I did some of my morning routine. For example, I don’t think that making coffee takes any longer here than in the States because we have an automatic coffee maker here in the guest house. However, other things do take longer. First of all, we filter all our drinking water, so that has to be kept up with to make sure enough water is ready for use whenever you need it. Next, we fill an igloo cooler with ice and water for everyone to have to drink cold water out of throughout the day. (That way the fridge door isn’t constantly being open because we all drink a lot over here in this heat and humidity.) In the bush I use old margarine containers to freeze chunks of ice in, but out here we don’t have those, so I have a couple small containers and some ice cube trays. So, they need to be emptied and refilled each morning. Not difficult, just time consuming.
Then, if we want other drinks, there are those to prepare. The powdered juices are much cheaper than bottled juice (and weigh a LOT less to fly into the bush.) Right now we can actually get packets of Tang out of the Philippines in flavors like orange, orange mango (pretty tasty), and orange pineapple (which I mixed up this morning to try next). Again, not hard to do, it just takes time and if we want cold juice tomorrow morning, needs done today. Plus, I’ve been brewing tea to make ice tea to drink throughout the day, so that also takes a few minutes in the prep and fixing. None of these things are difficult to do, they just seem to take more time in the living than they do back home in the States.