Yesterday rounded out to be a very good day in the farmacia verde. I got my official work table and it is beautiful! Very strong, very nice and so big! I love making all the medicine on my new table. Thanks so much to Rogelio.
Today was also a very good day. I made several tasty things and one pure success: I experimented with jarabe (syrup) de ajo (garlic) y limon (lemon) for asthma and it came out VERY tasty. I think if you used it to marinate shrimp it would be a great dish. I am not even kidding. THe pure success came from my first attempt to make a medicinal soap. The achiote-sabila flavored soap (for quemaduras (burns) and heridas (injuries)) came out amazing! It has completed the curing process and it wonderfully hard for storage but suds up nicely. There is enough achiote to get the benefit of the vitamins without turning the skin red. I am very pleased.
I have also had the pleasure of driving to the clinic by myself this week. Even though itt is only about 2 miles away and down a single road - you seriously make two turns - the hard part is the condition of the truck and the condition of the roads. it seriously feels like i am playing a video game.
first of all the truck is just a piece of crap. no glass in the windows. none of the dials on the dash work. no locks. the seat is falling apart so you have to sit on old pillows. it is a disel engine (so they can fuel it using their biodisel) so you have to do this elaborate song and dance to get it to start. push in the clutch, turn the key to that mark, pump the peddle twice, take a deep breath, hold in this button for 12 seconds, pump the gas again and give it a go. okay, so once you get the truck going the steering is way off. like how i imagine driving a school bus would be. you get hang out if pretty fast, but the road throws your for a loop. the dirt road with huge potholes lined with trash. on the way, when there isnt man made speed bumps (for what reason i ask) or car made 3feet deep holes there are people and horses and oxen and carts and dogs and buses all coming at you. it is crazy. seriously like a video game. i get a kick out of it because it is so stimulating to be constantly checking something/avoiding obstacles. Sometimes when I clear an obstacle I can't help but to say "100 points!" or when I hit a bump way hard and the rear view mirror falls off (whoops) I say "-25 points!" The little things in life get better in Nicaragua. when i finally make it to the clinic i celebrate. i didn't hit anyone/thing/animal. yay! At end I feel like I should check my life points or something...