On Saturday, I got up at 5am to head off to Atauro. The main plan was to check on the progress of the construction of the first cabin for “Emmy’s Place” – a low key tourist accommodation set up. A friend called Dan came with me and we loaded up 6 more drums from MAF (for corn storage) and 2 bags of cement. I took a bunch of tools ready for a big day’s work. On the way we had to pass through a pod of dolphins.
Before getting to the beach we leaped into the water for a bit of a snorkel. Atekru has some great little crevasses to dive through (with a big lungful of air). Got to see flashing fish again, and flying fish come standard with the journey. I was surprised to find that the locals had already started building the cabin with local timbers. It looks great, and they followed the design well except that they forgot the veranda – oops. And so ensued a long discussion about how they’d forgotten the veranda, and then some more talk for quite some time about the whole thing and finally after much discussion in their local language they came to the conclusion that they had indeed forgot the veranda.
I could see that this was not going to be one of those days where I was going to achieve an incredible amount of construction. But in some way it felt ok, that the main reason for being there was to encourage these happy people. By this time it was definitely lunch time – a meal including local pumpkin and octopus with morungi leaves and some sort of bean. (If you haven’t heard of morungi its one of those wonder foods you’ll have to google)
mit crab who was also climbing the cliff near his hand, and said, “Look at the crab, just follow what he’s doing!” Unfortunately, at that moment, the crab lost its footing and after bouncing a couple of times down the cliff face, plunged to its doom … oops. Fortunately, Dan decided not to take my advice and after a nervous moment made it to the top.
A straight log was duly located and trimmed in the forest. This is a technical procedure carried out in an attempt to make the log straight by trimming the outside of any curves (I actually like curves). It took a very long time and Dan and I considered looking for another log as this one looked like it was going to be trimmed down to a pile of wood chips. Eventually, it too was deemed worthy and we took turns to haul it back down to the beach. Back at the building site I suggested we might stand up the posts but no, the day was getting on and besides, wouldn’t it be best to let the posts dry out for a few days? So, that's building in Atekru. I wouldn’t exactly call it efficient but who would want to be efficient when you can have so much fun being inefficient?