The first thing most people do (after they have rested) is to claim a spot on the lawn and put up their tent. Sometimes, the place where we are staying at will allow us to sleep inside which is nice when the place is air conditioned and it is really hot outside or raining, though some still prefer to sleep outside in their tents for the privacy. It is a little odd sleeping in a gym filled with a hundred other people.
next order of business is to take a shower. The quality of our showers
varies quite a bit from place to place. The shower rooms in schools
are usually pretty good, but when we stay in a city park, we usually
have to use the shower rooms from the nearby city pool which don't tend
to be in very good shape. Often, less than half the nozzles work and those that
do spray the water with enough pressure to blast the tan off our skin.
The nice showers actually have hot water. A couple times, we actually
had private stalls with curtains! I successfully went through all of
high school without showering with a bunch of other guys, but that's
simply not possible here. I get a little uncomfortable when one of the older men strikes up a conversation with me when he's standing in front of my buck naked.
Once we've showered and setup
our tent, we usually have a few hours of free time before supper. A
lot of people use this time for an afternoon nap. Most try to find some
wifi to reconnect with the rest of the world. Sometimes it's available
from the place we're staying at, but other times we need to head into
town looking for a McDonald's or any other place that offers free wifi,
and sometimes we are just too far from civilization and have to do