This is a series of journals recording my days in the Yangtze River Headwaters volunteering project. I will try to update every day but there might be delays in the days I work in the wild without the internet. I’m also trying to write bilingual if time allows. Like it? Follow my Instagram (@anar.chica.yichenguo) for updates!
We were busted this morning. We left a mess last night since nobody cleaned up the sunflower seed shells before going back to sleep. We are punished to do the waste water drainage this afternoon, which is also a new experience.
There came a car of tourists from Ningbo this morning. They took trash and donate to us because they are interested in our free coffee. Unfortunately, our coffee master Kang Kai and latte artist Didi both were busy with heavy labor. Therefore I excitedly took this opportunity to practice with the guests. Normally there won’t be too much problem with the flavor but my ability in latte art is really limited. Luckily for me, the tourists all knew we’re just volunteers and the coffee is free, so there wasn’t too much expectation. Every one was contented. And I even give one of the curious guy the last cup to try latte art for himself.
As assistant to today’s chef, my mind was totally blank before I went in the kitchen. But as soon as I was there, loads of ‘dark cuisine’ flooded into my mind. What Duoduo means about dark cuisine is whatever cannot be made with the existing seasonings already in the kitchen. Dark cuisine is not allowed. Therefore in the afternoon when I went to the grocery store, I only bought things that every one is used to eat. After all, in this special environment, every one’s stomach is more important. I’ll leave the experimental food for myself.
Waste water drainage is a work with ‘fragrance’. Simply, to drain the water from the septic tank and water the flowers growing along the station’s fence away from the Tuotuo River. Since there is a waterproof layer under the foundation, the waste water will not pollute the river. Although it is a ‘punishment’, for us it is something new to experience. Despite it’s dirty and it stank, we enjoyed it quite a lot and learnt a new skill by the way.
Later in the afternoon it started hailing heavily. Tuotuo River was exceptionally beautiful after the hail. The clouds here at the raining season resembles a lot with that over the tropical islands which are layered with different colours. However since the clouds were too thick, our dream of the most beautiful sunset at Tuotuo River is broken again. Perhaps tomorrow will be our last chance before going to Bende Lake. I cross my fingers hoping it will be good weather tomorrow!