Wow. Between the musty/old sweat smell of the mattress and pillow, little bugs crawling around, very strange animal noises outside our screen, and singing/chanting/drums, it was hard to sleep. I finally got up and took some Tylenol PM and got a few hours, but a lot of the night was spent staring up at the ceiling and wishing that morning would come. In the middle of the night, a very loud, very weird noise ("braw-braw-braw-braw-braw) right outside made me sit straight up in bed. "What was that?" I whispered to Shana, who woke up, too. "I think it's the toilet," she replied. "If that's the toilet, we've got some major problems," I thought. Come to find out, it was a male Black and White Colobus guereza monkey that was defending his territory right behind our room. To get an idea of what we heard, click here, then click on "Black and White Colobus Monkey." Then, filter out the jungle noises and make it about 100 decibels louder as the thing was sitting right outside our screen! :-) He proceeded to roar off and on for the rest of the night.
I finally got up at around 6:30 and read the daily Bible verse on my phone: "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever." Psalms 73:25-26. And it seemed very fitting.
For breakfast, I had fetira with eggs and honey. It was so rich and delicious! Basically, it is thin strips of pita bread fried with eggs, and then drizzled with honey. And I had buna, of course. The coffee is so thick here, it's almost like a syrup....so good! Chris and Brian both asked for big coffees, and the waiter looked at them very strangely. Here, they serve coffee in teeny tiny little cups, and here are these big American men asking for big cups! The rest of the week, the waiter brought them large coffees.
Laying the new vinyl proved to be a challenge. First of all, there was no way to get the floor underneath clean. We tried mopping it, but we were using dirty water and filthy mops. Water is a precious commodity here, and you don't just go throwing water on the floor so you can use it to clean. But we were afraid the glue wouldn't stick to the dirt. We basically used the mop to push dirt around from place to place, and then had to wait for the floor to dry so we could lay the vinyl. We also didn't have the right tools we needed. They provided us with a very dull knife to cut the flooring, so we asked for a scissors. The only thing they had was a pair of preschool-type safety scissors. But we finally got the project underway.