Started off today with another early morning run with Omari, in preparation for cross-country season starting next week and for climbing Mt. Meru (15,000 ft) this weekend, starting tomorrow. It felt great, and as usual, a lot of little schoolkids ran down the mountain with us, laughing the whole time.
We had an awesome, big, and healthy breakfast as usual, got ready for the day. We had already finished building all five shelves, three with a capacity of 180 filters and two with a capacity of 136 filters, for a total of 662 filters. Before our work here, there was only enough shelf space for about 40-50 filters.
We’ve taken down the smaller of the two old kilns and made space for a new one, so with the kiln that we are building next week, the larger old kiln, and the new shelf space for drying filters, the factory will be able to maximize its filter output. All this time a new roof at the factory has been being built. It will be able to accommodate the new shelves we’ve built, keeping the filters dry, which ensures that the clay fires strong and durable.
The supplies for the kiln hadn’t arrived yet, so we walked to the hotel to keep up with our blogs, and on the way there Kunal and I played a game called “rede” with the children by the factory. It’s similar to Monkey in the Middle, but the people on the outside try to hit the person on the inside with the ball.
Tom treated us to an awesome dinner at the hotel, while we used their internet to keep up with family and our blogs. It felt great to have a little bit of Americanized food again, I had some pasta carbonera for around $6. We prepared our bags for beginning our three-day hike of Mt. Meru tomorrow.