Jaŋari‘s not the only one having trouble finding accommodation in the field. In his case, it was the price of gold. In my case, who knows? I’m having lots of trouble contacting people. In 2001 I cold-called some people at One Arm Point for crash space until I could find something. In the past, Milingimbi CEC’s been extremely helpful (and I’m still crossing fingers that something will work out). Cold-calling is a bit more difficult from the US, because of the time difference, and because if I call on my (cell) phone people at the other end can’t here me! Therefore it has to be skype, and that means a late-night trip to my office at the moment, since home internet is unreliable. I leave in less than 3 weeks. Camping at my consultants’ houses is fine as far as I’m concerned (if a bit stressful), but having somewhere quiet to work has made all the difference, and that won’t happen unless I can find my own place.
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