First Update from Florida!

I know I’ve been behind a bit on the videos lately.  I was only able to make one from TDC, but that week was pretty rough, and I really wasn’t up for doing any more work than was absolutely necessary. But if you’re wondering, it was also really awesome, I made a lot of friends, and I recommend that everyone do it (even if the Bullet says that we’re “self-righteous” and “mocking poverty”–obviously not our intentions at all).

Anyway, this past week, I have been SUPER busy working on an econ research paper, but finally finished it, just in time to leave for Florida to play some rugby.  So here I sit, in my hotel room, getting ready to play against a team that is surely going to be twice our size.  To say I’m on edge is a slight understatement.

TDC Day 2!

Please don’t judge my appearance and lack of enthusiasm.

Day One of TDC

I don’t think I’ve blogged about it yet, buttttt I’m participating in Challenge Week! Wondering why I am not doing a videojournal about this? Mainly because it’s suppose to downpour tonight, and I decided I didn’t want to risk the life of my computer, so I am in the library. Anyway, I decided together with my friends Annie and Mina to try out Challenge Week and see how we did–plus Annie and I get extra credit in our econ class.  Extra credit isn’t the only reason that we decided to do try out the Two Dollar Challenge–we definitely want to see what it’s like for most of the world who actually DO have to live on only two dollars a day (if that!).  I really think it will be a great experience, and it will definitely be something that I won’t forget.  I’m really excited about it!

So, today was our first day of Challenge Week.  The day event started at seven in the morning, so I woke up at 6 AM to have my final hot shower for the week (and probably my last real shower for the week), in which I shaved it up and lathered down.  I’m pretty worried about how hairy my pits are going to be by the end of the week BUT if you really think about it, a lot of lady Europeans don’t shave.  And we all know Europeans are classy. So I will still be classy even if I have hairy pits. Anyway, I showered and shoveled down some Captain Crunch.  After which, I went back to bed.  I knew it was going to be a longggg day. 

I did not get a chance to help build the shelter this morning, because I had to go into work, but after work and my first class I went with a few people to Bottom Dollar (where they have really weird signs to describe JUST how cheap their stuff is: “Super Savings!”, “Unthinkable Savings!”, and my personal favorite, “Sav-a-licious!”), and we pooled our money together and bought two-12 packs of ramen, bananas, peanut butter, two loaves of bread, shampoo, and toothbrushes ALL for just over $11.  Which was perfect because there were five of us, and it was just a little bit over our $2 for the day (we’ll just have a few cents less to spend tomorrow–we start out with ten dollars and use it during the week as we please).  I had to race to class after our shopping, so I only got to eat a piece of bread for lunch, and then had to go back to work, so I did not get to shovel down any more food before practice.  I cheated on the drinking water rule, which is that we have to boil any water that we drink, even if it comes from a water fountain, because I had zero time to do so before practice.  I knew it was NOT going to be a good idea to go to practice without having had any water, considering it was 80 degrees.  If Dr. Humphrey wants to fight me on this one, I’ll be ready to put up the fists.

This post is getting long and boring, and if you’ve made it through all this, congratulations.  I’ll finish it up fast! After practice we made some ramen for dinner, I ate a banana, played some IM soccer, and here I sit, in the library before I head back to Ball Circle to sleep.  Hopefully the rain won’t be cold.  Because I know we’ll be wet.

Come visit all of us out on Ball Circle!! And donate any change, or dollar bills you have! All the funds go to the microfinance institution, La Ceiba.