Tuesday, April 7, 2015
First thing in the morning a whole crew from the workshop showed up at the door! Four men along with two didis to clean up after them. They installed a new gas shower, patched several holes in the plaster, fixed a toilet seat, painted a bathroom and a few other things. I felt a little bad because I think I inadvertently shamed them into action by asking about “the list” and working on some of it. It was good that it was all done though.
Later I worked on school’s Internet issues. They had a wireless repeater network set up that had problems because of antennae placement. In the before picture below the repeater was over a metal roof, on a rotten bamboo pole, and didn’t have line of site to the source. The blue blob in on the wire is the wall-wart power supply that was twisted on to bare wires, then wrapped in plastic and tape; left to hang on it’s own wire, no messenger, and it would have lasted long between the extreme heat, rain, and wind. In the after picture it’s on a higher metal pole, and moved 50′ to the side to where it got much better reception, and the power supply was connected with a connector and shielded from the elements under a roof.
The other project I was working on was getting our trekking route set, and getting appropriate information and maps together. I poured over blogs, maps, and government websites to figure out where to get permits, where to trek, what to take, what it would cost for guesthouses and meals, and tried to get some idea of the distance we should cover each day. The information available was quite varied, so I had to take some best guesses. I was able to get a taxi lined up to take us to Pokhara on Sunday, where we would check into a guesthouse and leave bags while we trekked for nine days.