In the next community where we conducted tests for two days, there was a woman who promoted the use of the filters, simply because she saw the difference that using the KAF had on eliminating her symptoms of Arsenicosis. Needless to say, her filter and that of many others were well-maintained and worked perfectly. It was great to notice this trend also amongst villages we visited later, where people would come up to us to show us their symptoms of Arsenicosis and tell us they are using the filters to help get well.
On a completely different note, we had our first encounter with a creature in that village that is worthy of mention: Dinosaur duck.
This was definitely the weirdest duck Maclyn and I have ever seen — it breathed as if it were suffocating from an asthma attack and was double the size of a regular duck in the US. Also, due to the interesting prehistoric features in its face, we gave him the nickname "dinosaur duck."
Now to the sweets. We started out the day with one of my favorite treats of all time: Rice Pudding. The ingredients to make rice pudding are very simple: rice + milk + sugar; hence it is very common and popular places of high rice consumption, such as Latin America, Africa and Asia. Therefore, I was sure that Nepal would have a version of rice pudding, and indeed they do — with coconut chunks, cashew nuts and raisins. At my request, we ate it for breakfast many days.
Cooking khir (rice pudding) at the Porasi guesthouse.
As if that was not enough sugar for the day, we also had a bunch of sugarcane in the field. We were just in time for the sugarcane harvesting.