So not a lot to report as far as progress goes on our back yard campfire area, but I thought that giving an update would convey a realistic picture of what life is like when you first move to another country, especially when you don’t speak the language yet.
So last time I had posted I had basically just picked out an area in our back yard for a little campfire spot and swept it out to mark out the boundaries.
Since then, I’ve successfully asked permission from the landlord to use the space for this purpose and I’ve leveled the area. It was definitely a little harder than I expected but I’m not sure if that’s because I’m getting winded from the altitude or because I commonly underestimate landscaping.
So really what’s been slowing the project down is I’m having a very hard time figuring out where to get things from. I decided I want some red bricks to line the campfire and I’d also like to use bamboo as a bit of a liner for the area that I dug out to keep the soil in place so it keeps its circular shape.
I’ve walked to a few places asking for bricks and bamboo or other wood but I’m always getting turned around, told to walk to another building that’s empty, or some other runaround. I know the majority of this is because of language barrier. But this is also something that I experienced in Guyana, which was English and where I was able to communicate reasonably with the locals. It can be really difficult to get things done and know where to go. There aren’t really any Home Depot-type places around here that are full of (usually) friendly people that have the mission of making sure that you have everything you need to get the project completed. What’s more common is small shop owners that aren’t terribly concerned about making a sale or not, and may or may not care if you are able to successfully finish your project.
Hopefully next time I post I’ll have figured out where to get bricks and bamboo, or at least some kind of equivalents.