Welcome to my Balakot “Crib” (A small crude cottage or room. Slang: One’s home.). It is about time to give you a tour of the place that I have been staying at for the past few days.
Sorry it will be a quick one but as the saying goes: “a picture is work a thousand words”.
Once we turn off the main highway, we go down a into a ravine and then back up to enter our camp. The camp houses several NGOs including the Red Crecent (AKA Red Cross) and the UN World Health Organization (W.H.O.) . There is also a small tent village at one end and then a large military camp at the other (right over our back fence).
Once inside, this large tent is divided into two. The one side contains the internet cafÃ© where we have four laptops, wired and wireless connections and a color printer/scanner/copier. Our wireless service is also used by several in the NGO camps (the signal goes a long way through tents).
On the other side of the pink divider is our living space:
Not only is having a cook real nice but we have some really good food to eat. Here is our menu. Note: that there is no menu for Friday. That is the Muslim holy day and a day off.
Very good Pakistani food. I love it!
After a long day, it is so good to crawl into bed. Our sleeping area is just out the back and to the right.
But there are some activities we have to do before we close up the tents (so we do not have to come out in the cold in the middle of the night). This is our toilet. Many of you already know how this works and I hear many groans. For those of you who do not I will simply describe it as a “Squatty Potty”. It requires good bending skills and balance. I hope you get the picture. This is the biggest thing I do not like about this site. But “ya gotta do what ya gotta do”.
Finally to bed. We actually have two tents within the larger green tent where we sleep. This gives us some extra warmth.
Have a great Christmas Eve!