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6/12 and 6/13: SITE PREPARATION

posted Jun 14, 2010, 5:28 AM by Julie Bateman   [ updated Jun 14, 2010, 5:48 AM ]

Saturday (6/12) and Sunday (6/13) were site-clearing days. We hoed, then we raked. Then we whacked a bush or two. Then Miltom and Tito joined us, and we all hoed, and we all raked. Then we woke up and did it again. First column is the front lot where the classroom and common area will be, and second column is the back lot where we will have teacher and researcher lodging.

Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in this operation; two ant colonies will need to relocate. Even better, our site clearing had a nearly non-existent carbon footprint, as it was fueled with sweat – our boots and clothes prove it from a few feets’ radius.

On Saturday afternoon, we went to Fião’s fazenda for the World Cup – USA vs. England with Tito, Paul, and Sue. There we met the rest of Tito’s family, and had beers and delicious fried banana chips. Oh, and in exciting news, on a night drive with Paul and Sue, I saw the rump of a jaguar just before sunset, with enough light to see the spots. Gorgeous animal. Sunday afternoon, everyone was fairly exhausted and so we succumbed to customary Brazilian siesta.