Ark Eden, Day 2, 21st November 2017
The alarms when off at 8:30 and we got up to make our own breakfast. This was our first breakfast in the mountains, which we prepared ourselves using frozen fruits and coconut milk. This was the first vegan breakfast for many of us, which surprisingly did not taste as bad as it sounded. We also sliced and toasted the bread we made the previous night. Although it did not really turn out as bread and was slightly too hard and strong in the wheat flavour, the was decent enough to fill our hungry stomachs from sleeping in the cold all night. Conversations during breakfast mainly was about how our first night was and full of complains about the cold.
Water was limited up in the mountains and everyone had to clean up after themselves. After clearing up the breakfast table we went ‘hiking’ high up into the mountains to fertilise tries. Many of us agreed that this was not hiking and instead was climbing the mountains. We had to bring our own axes to make the trail for us to walk. Although fertilising trees was a first for many of us, it was an worth while experiment as we learnt that the trees were planted in a way to block runoffs and sustain themselves within the environment.
Hiking and planting drained us completely, so we all had a lot to eat for lunch, most of us eating 3 wraps to recharge ourselves for the rest of the day. Again, we had a self prepared and vegan lunch.
The afternoon was filled with less intense activities but also gave us a chance to be more open minded about the environment and brainstorm ways we could make Hong Kong a better environment in terms of being able to plant and grow our own crops. We went up to Da Shan to have a overall view of the mountains while we worked in groups to make a ‘plan’ for developing various areas. Here, we were able to use a lot of the knowledge we learnt about permaculture the previous day as well as observations made this morning.
“Pizza and icecream for dinner!” got everyone’s attention. The instructor decided that it would be interesting for us to have a artsy dinner where we would make our own pizzas in a personalised way, however using vegan products. Preparing dinner for 9 hungry students was not a simple and easy task, but through working together we managed to get there in the end with interesting looking pizzas.
Lots of information was fed through today, and being able to physically work in the environment was definability something that we wouldn’t be able to feel in a daily basis. Hopefully, tonight would not be as cold and we’d be able to get a better night’s sleep.
Authors: Amelia & Codee