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.
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.
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.
(Image: ⌈飯堂⌋和我們企圖曬乾的衣物 “Canteen” and our drying clothes)
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……
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.