Droughtful Halloween

Apparently the water is out for the next four days. TIA. I went to a café for breakfast, seems like they still have some way of washing their dishes, hope its sanitary. Up until now the water has been fairly reliable, it has gone out a few times at school but not for long. Somehow when the power goes out there is still water; I’m not sure how it gets pumped up to our apartment. Power outages are a regular part of daily life, although it hasn’t been staying out for more than a few hours at a time lately.
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I’ve been struggling with a sore throat the past few days, and weakness. I had a delicious freshly squeezed glass of orange juice at the café this morning. I watched while they squeezed orange after orange, probably 10 oranges for one class. Real juice. The juice here is incredible. At most cafes you can get what is called Spreece, or mixed juice. It comes in a big glass cup with several layers of juice, often something like Banana, Avocado, Guava, Papaya, and Mango. It’s all pure freshly made juice, 100% blended or squeezed fruit and nothing else. It is very thick, more like a milkshake than juice. If they had this in Canada I could guarantee it would be the most popular beverage, the only problem is it would probably cost about $10 a glass. Here it’s usually around $1.50.
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The outside colour of fruit peels is different here. I have a suspicion that it is the real colours, and something alters the stages of colour in order to preserve them for the trip to Canada. If you buy yellow bananas, it’s like buying the greenest bananas you could find at home. They are ripe when they are covered in black spots. Pumpkins are hardly orange but primarily green. Oranges are often ripe when they are green, but just as often orange. Mangoes are green, sometimes yellow; I can’t remember what colour they are at home usually, red? Apples are the same, but I think their imported. Papayas are green with black spots, and moldy by the time I remember I should eat them.
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Carved a pretty cool pumpkin at the Amare’s. Happy Halloween everyone! It’s only Halloween here in the very few American homes.
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Its hard to believe that most of the city is going to be without water for four days. That’s several million people. When I went to buy bottled water today I was somewhat expecting either the price to be higher or for there to be not much left. I was wrong; it was no different than any other day. I guess most people can’t afford it. It costs me $3.60 for 11 liters of bottled water. I get the Abyssinia water when I can as it is processed under Canadian technology and has a little Canadian flag on it. It’s comforting.