*As I've said, my day to day life is not terribly fascinating so I apologize if you're too bored to finish this...
3:00am – Woken up by roosters crowing outside window. Insert earplugs.
|I'm almost ready to kill my first chicken |
and this rooster may be my victim
5-7:00am – Wake up but avoid moving, so you don’t start sweating, until you decide if it’s too hot to sleep anymore. Go for a run if you’re feeling particularly motivated,
7-10am – Clean house and/or wash clothes while the shade is still present on your side of the house. Eat a small breakfast of crackers or yesterday’s leftovers (this is risky at this time of year due to the ever present heat but usually works out fine and if you’re real lucky these leftovers might get you through lunch as well).
10:00am – Bath #1 (glorious cold water bucket bath). Immediately start sweating again.
10:15-12am – Sit inside in your capulana for as long as possible to avoid clothing. This is a good time for reading and journaling.
12-5:00pm – Plant yourself on an esteira in the biggest, most solid piece of shade you can find with a pillow and lots of water. Here’s where you have options: read a good book, take a nap, play with/talk with/or ignore the crianças depending on your mood, lesson plan or grade tests and TPC (homework).Remember to periodically check for the shifting shade; don’t want to get caught out in the sun. Feeling social? Visit friends and share their shade instead. If you must, go to school and teach some lessons or proctor an exam. Bath #2 might fit in there somewhere as well.
5:00pm – Start thinking about dinner but avoid actually doing anything until it starts to get dark and slightly cooler.
*This schedule of course varies depending on the time of year and even the day of week. Sometimes, there may even be a trip to the cruzamento or the vila (but let’s be serious, we usually just send the empregado).*