It’s a good thing I’m writing about my team now, because just one week ago I probably would have very few positive comments to make. In fact, my personal journal is filled with criticisms for each team member. Not good thing.
Our biggest failure, I feel, was too many women. I hate to say that because I’m pro women, but living in such close quarters, sick most of the time, with limited bathroom facilities, I think had we been a team of 3 men and 4 women, life would have been so much more peaceful. We also had two extremely head-strong women, domineering, controlling, who both wanted to lead.
BUT! In all struggles, redemption can be found. Or so says I. Challenge was the name of the game for me, and I was put to it. I often needed alone time, away from the group. I turned down a few ventures out so I could stay behind by myself, with just my host family. I needed to refuel because being with the group become draining.
ANYHOO …. The Magnificent Seven (the name we were given back home before we left)
Beth: Steady as a rock. Professional. She is an architect at a small firm in CA. Like me, she pretty much took it all in and participated at a minimal. She pursued this trip because it sounded like something she probably never will have the opportunity to do again. She let loose one afternoon in the van and started quoting lines from Napoleon Dynamite. Blew my mind how much she remembered and of course, did the perfect dull sounding voice he had in the movie. She said she thinks she could recite the entire movie. I don’t doubt it. She tired of Aceh after the first week and became pretty homesick. The hygiene, or lack of, drove her nuts.