衣食住行 How did we survive in the Amazon?

大家肯定很好奇,我們在亞馬遜住在哪裡?吃什麼?最重要的是 – 洗澡和 ⌈生理需要⌋ 如何解決?坦白說,我們住宿的環境還蠻豪華的。

You must be curious – where did we sleep in the jungle? What did we eat? And most importantly, how did we bath and deal with our “biological needs”? Tbh, our living environment was quite luxurious.

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我們就住在這種簡陋的茅屋裡。別看屋頂用茅草搭成,好像弱不禁風, 其實就算黑色暴雨也不會漏下一滴水。洗澡的水是用太陽能直接從亞馬遜河裡泵上來的(當然沒有加熱功能),帶有砂石,有時候會導致渠道堵塞。由於洗手間沒有燈光,只能開著電筒洗澡。令人驚訝的是竟然有抽水馬桶!排洩物會被收集發酵、回歸自然。

We stayed in these simple thatched cottages. Surprisingly, even the crazy downpours in the rain forest could not penetrate the seemingly vulnerable roofs. Bath water was pumped directly from the Amazon River by solar power, obviously without heating. As it contained sediments, sometimes the channels might get blocked. Without light, we had to bath with our flashlights on. But – greatest surprise – we even had flush toilets!  Our “stuff” would be fermented and returned to the nature as nutrients.

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最大的難題始終是潮濕。泥土經常高度飽和,如果不走在鋪好的木板上,很快就會泥足深陷。不過木板也早就被菇菇攻陷 – 我才剛到埗,就不小心踩斷了人家的一塊木板……可想而知,手洗過的衣服一直曬到我們要離開的時候都沒有乾。

The greatest problem was humidity. Soil was always saturated. If you don’t follow the routes paved with wooden boards, your feet would sink deep into the mud. However, even the wooden boards were full of fungi – I broke one just after arriving at the lodge. You can imagine that our hand-washed clothes had not dried even when we already had to leave.

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食物其實和城市無異,因為是和我們一起運送進來的(雖然導遊開玩笑地說是鱷魚肉)。只有兩餐分別嘗試了原住民的吃Yam,和就地取材用樹葉烤的魚。不過每次吃飯都會吸引四面八方的昆蟲和我們共膳,甜食裡面更會浸滿了為了糖分不惜犧牲生命的蚊子……

Food was actually quite ordinary, as the ingredients were actually transported there the same way we were (although the guide joked that it was crocodile meat). The only special meals were yams cooked by locals, and fished grilled with the leaves from our lodge. Every time when we enjoyed our meal, we had to share it with insects from all around. If the food was sweet, you could even find mosquitoes who loved sugar so much that they would rather sacrifice their own lives……

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以前覺得環保的生活方式不切實際,一定很不舒服很不方便。但這次在雨林中,用河水洗澡、用太陽能,甚至蠟燭照明,並沒有想象中困難。營地裡有各種雀鳥、猴子、青蛙、鱷魚……人和動物完全可以和諧共處(除了一次恐怖的經歷)。或許,文明與自然之間的鴻溝遠比我想象中小。

Before, I thought sustainable way of living was totally impractical – it must be either super uncomfortable or super inconvenient. However, bathing with river water and using solar power or even candle lights turned out to be much easier than I expected. We lived side by side with all kinds of birds, monkeys, frogs and crocodiles, and we were perfectly fine (well, except one scary experience). Perhaps the divide between civilization and nature really isn’t as clear as I thought.

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