Sleeping at base
The days at the base are pretty busy, and by the end of the day you have to get a good night’s sleep to be ready for the challenges of the next day. After brushing your teeth, checking your mosquito net for holes, you are ready to go to your bed and have the sleep of your life. However, this is easier said than done.
At night, after the lights are out, you do not see much but you hear a plethora of sounds. They are pleasant at first, but all of them have the potential to keep you awake. Two most frequent sounds are the one made by bats and the one made by geckos.
Bats are scary looking creatures, known to lick staff members from time to time. As it turns out, they adore mangoes. At night they pillage mango trees and have themselves a merry feast. As that was not enough, drunk by the sweet mango sap, they make a loud noise, similar to the noise made by squealing pigs. Fascinating!
Geckos are not as scary looking as bats, but they make sounds as well. One can mimic a gecko sound to a certain extent by pretending to loudly suck on a candy. It is not yet clear to me why a gecko makes such a sound. As a consequence, instead of counting sheep at night to fall asleep, I think of possible answers to this question.
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