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6/4 - 6/7: A kitchen, a wall, and working biosand water filter!

posted Jun 7, 2011, 6:17 AM by Julie Bateman

Exciting news on the food front for our residence in the Pantanal, we now have our own functioning kitchen, and in related news, the biosand water filter (BSF) is producing drinkable water! Ethan and I have been drinking the BSF's water for the past four days and our bodies have certified the water as potable. With the help of Francisco, the lodge's groundskeeper, we installed a stove/oven on our side of the street, and were surprised to find it entirely usable despite it's use as a countertop for the past few years. Two Californians, Missi and Aaron, happened upon our project and stayed with us for the past three days, and from their labors we have three sturdy bunk beds, a sturdy kitchen countertop, and electricity and light for the kitchen. Missi also had the limitless patience to give me afternoon lessons on shifting, we took advantage of their poor rental car, and I am now literate in shifting and to Ethan's terror closer to taking our Kombi for a test drive down the Transpantaneira.

Thanks to our new pedreiro, Klovis, and his assistant, Marcielo, our partitioning wall is now complete and it will soon be covered in mortar and painted. When we return to the Pantanal on June 9th (after picking up our new team members from the Cuiaba airport) we will finish the plumbing for the new rooms. From there, only the floors need to be finished with a water-resistant covering, and afterwards hopefully some mural painting with help from young aspiring artists in the area.