After self-prepared dinner last night (french toast and eggs), the group of students staying at la Conventa played drinking games late into the night. I decided to turn in early because I was still feeling sick.
This morning I woke up early and had some eggs prepared by Scott from Buffalo. Will and some others had arranged to visit a site with Dr. David Brown (formerly of UT at Austin), and they invited me, so I went. How often do you get to survey with David Brown?
Despite being sick and the trip being rather rigorous - about an hour in rough mountain roads in the back of a truck followed by a steep hike up a mountin trail - I enjoyed the excursion very much. “D-Bro” (as we called him) drove like a maniac, even by Ecuadorian/Latin standards, and he led the pace for the hike. The man’s age belies his youthfulness.
Surveying was fantastic - and not just because the views were incredible. Seeing a potential new site - literally discovering a site right at that moment - was thrilling. I felt out of my depth, but this doesn’t surprise me much since my area is Cultural Anthropology, not Archaeology.
Getting back, being hungry, and waiting for dinner is/was less fun. I wouldn’t mind fast-forwarding to tomorrow night (both to further reduce this sickness and to see others on the project again).
I can feel myself losing patience with others on this trip, but I don’t know if this is a culture shock or something more genuine; I feel like I’m justified in being annoyed with some self-aggrandizing, over-eager-to-please idiot singing all day and night.
I’m pretty sure I hate when people sing out of nowhere regardless of where I am.
I must sound like a scrooge. I should end on a positive note.
I am excited to take a week off, then start at UC Irvine and hopefully get a new Macbook Pro with a “Retina Display”.