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I Survived Without Electricity and Other Modern Conveniences-Life In A Jungle

Updated on March 18, 2012
Toilet paper or leaf?
Toilet paper or leaf? | Source

The Small Village In The Jungle--No Conveniences

When I was about four years old my father moved my family to a small and secluded far away place in the mountains of Guatemala. It was callled Peten Flores. It was a small riverside village with dirt roads. Travel out of the village was mostly by boat. From what I remember, the houses were made from rough cut wood logs placed next to eachother so that they were crooked and did not meet evenly so that one could see through the small gaps into the house. The roof was made from large coconut tree branches. Basically they were wood huts. There was no electricity. The lighting was from homemade kerocene wick lamps. You would take a glass bottle, put some sort of gasoline in it and make a small wick going into the bottle and coming out throught a small opening in the lid. There were no restrooms:no out-houses even. The place you went was out in nature hidden by a tree, or a bush or whatever privacy you could find--seriously! Travel to the River's edge and where ever you needed to go was by foot, bicycle, or horse.

I Really Shouldn't Call It Surviving. It Was A Pretty Good Life

I really shouldn't call it surviving. It was a pretty good life back then. I simply lived it innocently. I did not know it wasn't supposed to be like that. You can't miss what you haven't had. As a child I did not focus on those things. I focused on running after the chickens, playing with other children, going to school, birthday parties etc. We had chickens, we had eggs, we had a bee farm. We got shrimp and fish from the river, even delicacies such as lobster and crab. Also different things like iguana eggs and turtle eggs. Yes and I did eat armadillo meat, rabbit and wild boar. I remember tasting iguana and turtle eggs, but I didn't like them--they were gritty like sand. We got milk from my aunt's cows and we planted corn and beans. We bathed in small ponds and the river, and we drank well water. I had a baby boar for a pet, and some wild parrots too.


A nice bush to hide behind
A nice bush to hide behind | Source

Yes I Could Survive Without the Most Basic Conveniences but...

Having lived a life without electricity and other modern conveniences I CAN say I CAN survive without the most basic conveniences such as a shower and plumbing;, however now that I've lived with such conveniences I know that if given the choice I wouldn't want to. We left Peten when I turned seven years old. I later returned to visit another town nearby Peten when I was 15 years old and was no longer thrilled with the lack of a shower or bathroom. They built me a makeshift shower, because I refused to shower without one and my cousins would all run around trying to peek at me. I did not like it. I was no longer innocent. I had lived with electricity, plumbing , cars, tv etc. and had become a self-concious teenager. Given the choice between a leaf or toilet paper, a bush or a toilet ...I do choose the latter. I would not want to survive without them, but I did and I could.


much better tan a bush...Don't know what you got till it's gone
much better tan a bush...Don't know what you got till it's gone | Source


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      crazymom3 4 years ago


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      crazymom3 4 years ago

      Yes you could! If you had no other choice.

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      No way. I couldn't do it. There's just no way. I'm such a spoiled wuss LOL

      Voted up =)

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      zEric7x 5 years ago

      Well that was a interesting story but with out the stuff I have now, I dont think I would survive that long honestly.

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      crazymom3 5 years ago

      I don't think about my past often, but sometimes a question like the one answered will trigger the memories, and makes me grateful and appreciative of the small conveniences I now have.