today we walked a few kilometers to hike a nearby hill. it really was not very high at all, but after walking in the blazing heat it felt like a damn mountain. i told myself i wouldn’t complain about the weather here, especially since it’s the proper summer that i’ve been waiting for all year! but i will be the first to admit that i’m not in the best of shape, so walking several kilometers and hiking a steep hill had me sweating out my liter of water faster than i could drink it. charming, i know.
but! we had a fantastic view at the top. it was extremely hazy but you could see (and hear) for miles. on our journal to the hill we passed through a rural village and every single person we passed stopped whatever farming they were doing and stared at us. they don’t get many westerners around these parts. there were cows, goats, and horses tied up to graze around the village, and the kids were in school on a saturday morning. we also passed many brightly painted temples, and there was one on the top of the hill as well. we weren’t able to see the central array of the interferometer from the top due to the haze, but we saw a few of the antennas in the western arm.
these photos are from my phone, and eventually i will upload what i’ve taken with my dslr.