Saturday, September 21, 2013

How I drink safe water here

   Many people ask me how I drink my water here.
   It's pretty easy peasy.
   Here, lemme show you:

I get my water from my host mother's pump. This gives me a nice little workout:

I pump one water bucket about two times a week.

Afterward, I boil the water for at least five minutes:

When the water is cool, I filter it. It can take all night for the water to filter:
   Finally, I'll have safe drinking water. Yay!
   Thank God for my host family's water pump.
   Before they got it installed last year, they'd hike up the mountain next to our house with buckets and wheelbarrows until they approached the springs:

   Then, they'd collect the water and hike back down. Everyday.
   I have nothing to complain about.
   I'll never take advantage of the convenience of a water faucet again.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Excercising in Lesotho

   Every morning, I wake up at the crack of dawn, meet my trainer at the bottom of the hill and we go running in the valley until the sun rises.
   Who needs a trainer when you LIVE on a mountain??!!
   I many not have a treadmill here but I unconsciously use my surroundings as a gym.
   Case in point:

I walk up this mountain to get in and out of my village:

My host sister is getting ready to climb the "slope" here with my host brother. Sometimes, I carry my groceries up the mountain. Call me lazy but I have to take breaks while going up because I get tired.

My host mother's water pump works thee hell out of my arms:

Sometimes I get lazy and make the kids pump my water.

Walking around the village is a workout in and of itself:

I'm a walker so I like to go for random walks through my village. I see a lot of beauty here.

   Now, there are a couple of gyms in the capital and at a few hotels around the country.
   But why should I pay when I can use Mother Nature to help keep me in shape?
   I've lost about 15 pounds since I've been here, and I haven't even been trying to lose weight!
   But who's complaining, especially when I don't need Billy Blanks in my village to keep me toned.