Living in Xkalax 2

5/11

Yesterday we had a very unfortunate day. Nadya woke up felling unwell. She had a headache, temperature and diarrhoea. In the evening I gave her some paracetamol and she felt slightly better in the morning but then it came back again and wouldn’t go away until three days later when our hosts gave her some stomach pills. It must have been some kind of local stomach infection.

7/11

Victor Manuel came yesterday. Armando rode his motorbike to Tizimin to pick him up. They came back at 9 pm and brought some beer. First beer in a week 🙂 Victor also brought a lot of food with him. This is just a guess but it seems to me that he is the only one who works in their family. The other three brothers and the father spent their days in the hammocks in front of TV or chatting. They do literally nothing. We’re a little bit surprised at how they can just bum about all day long when there’s so much that could be improved in and around the house. Today we played football again as we do every other day or so and at the end of the game Victor bought a bottle of Coke for all the boys to share. When they finished their drinks the other boys just dropped their plastic glasses wherever they were standing. Victor scolded them for not taking them to a bin and made them pick the glasses up. Nadya is still unwell. It’s not as bad as it was but if she doesn’t feel better tomorrow we’ll have to go and see a doctor in a nearby village. Yesterday, we found an Iguana stuck in our bathroom. It must have got scared of either of us and crawled inside one of the cement blocks. I tried to pull it out ‘cause I can still see the tail and half of the body. No luck though. Not sure what to do about it. If we can’t get it out it’ll probably die of starvation. We continue making our hammock but it’s growing really slow. We don’t do much work in a day. It’s mainly because there are so many other tasks that need to be done. Last two days I spent most of the time cleaning our bikes. They needed it badly and since I haven’t had much practice at it so far it takes me really long time.

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