Things you don’t see every day
- A truck crossing a river via pontoon (driving on to and off of this wood-and-drum-barrel contraption is probably the scariest part)
- Slaughtered cow hanging in your kitchen
- A chicken being killed so you can have it for dinner
Things you don’t experience every day
- Your refridgerator running out of gas (because your fridge probably isn’t powered by gas!)
- Animals eating your solar panel wires, thus disconnecting them from the battery it was supposed to charge
- Waking up to a cow sniffing your elbow.
Allow me to elaborate on the last point.
I had been travelling a fair bit and finally got home to Shulinab on a Friday morning. I spent the morning doing laundry, filling water buckets, and tidying up.
All that housekeeping (plus a good lunch) made me tired, so I decided to take a nap in my hammock (which happens to be slung up inside my house). Because I live under a zinc roof, it gets stifling hot in the afternoon.
The remedy is to open all the windows and back door and pray to catch a breeze. My backyard entrance is made up of wooden double doors. An optimal breeze path requires that both doors be open.
Apparently, this is also an invitation for all sorts of animals to come into my house. At first I thought only the dogs would be so daring. I was wrong.
I passed out (“knock-out” is the phrase a Guyanese would describe my state of sleep) and woke up to the sounds of sniffing. sniff. sniffsniff. sniffsniffsniff.
I opened my eyes and stared into a cow’s face. It stared back. I jumped out of my hammock which subsequently scared the cow. She then jumped, did a 180, and ran out the door. But not before she bumped into my table and knocked a set of things off of it.
Dumb cow. Oh…she also left a crappy present of dung at my doorstep (pun intended). I think I literally scared the shit out of that cow.
She deserved it.
The cow was probably looking for wine to drink. No joke.
While I was away, a cow broke into the Women’s Group Centre and drank out an entire (huge) bucket of wine that was left to set and ferment.
As a result, there was a drunken cow somewhere around the village that day.
And because of that, I think there is an alcoholic cow lurking around my premises.
Moo to that.