"I must not touch scarab beetles"

Trip Start Jul 14, 2012
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Trip End Sep 14, 2012


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

We are currently in a place called Siem Reap for the weekend, which is probably the most popular city in Cambodia for tourists as there is lots of temples and stuff to see, and its a mint night out. We woke up at 4am yesterday to go and watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat.. totes not worth it :/ We all just spent the day dragging our feet around the temples as we were so tired. Angkor Wat is the place in which some of the scenes from Jungle Book were set on, and also one of the temples there is in Lara Croft Tomb Raider so it was quite a cool place to visit. In one of the temples, Claire and I were handed some incense sticks and taken down a creepy black corridor, here the monk that took us showed us how to pray to Buddah using incense.. Was interesting, but then he made us pay him for the good luck that Buddah would give us; pretty sure Buddah wouldn't be best pleased when he finds out about that. The day before we went to this massive waterfall that we had to walk down the side of to get to the bottom and then swim around in the pool at the bottom. The fish that people pay to put their feet in were in the pool at the bottom, and it was really rank as they just kept on biting us! I got a rubber dinghy as I was scared of the fish! Had fun though, waterfalls are mint!
 Back at the village we have been teaching our kids tenses and our little kids simple english, however, the little kids are HORRID so they don't get much done in their lessons as they just jump around on desks and what not. There is a man outside that sells these awful sugarry drinks to them before they come in to the classroom, and it just makes them hit the walls. 
 A couple of the older kids have started to follow us home after school.. as we live 4km away I find it cute yet slightly creepy. One day we walked to our bikes and found little post-it notes stuck to our seats saying 'I miss you' which was pretty sweet. The day after that they wrapped us each a present which was a little teddy bear, they had written 'I love you' on the paper. Cuuute! The third day of gifts was a slight anticlimax as the two kids presented us with a scarab beetle, which was the size of my hand. Teachers are supposed to try and keep their cool but by god I was having non of that, the kids all found it hilarious that we were so petrified. We removed it from the classroom using a piece of paper to brush it across the floor. The rest of the lesson became a game of which kid can sneak outside, get the beetle and place it on one of the teachers. Absolutely horrific. In the end I decided to teach them a new English sentence 'I must not touch scarab beetles'.. Thought the message had got through to them but I later found it in the basket of my bike. Ew. 
 Been observing the Cambodian culture a little this week also, my translator Viria took us to his house to meet his mum who made us a cup of tea. We all sat on the floor and it was so odd to see how happy us being in his house made him. Viria's family were all running around trying to give us things, we ended up with coconuts the size of our heads to take home, I hate coconuts so I had to pretend to drink it, which was raaank. We also found a little beach whilst we were on a bikeride, which we attempted to sunbathe on. Unfortunately a little kid walked past us and soon enough the majority of the village appeared and just stood and watched us, not in a pervy way but they were just confused as to why we would lie in the sun. Out here white skin is seen as very beautiful as darker skin means more time spent out in the rice paddy fields in the sun. They have also never seen freckles before and some of the kids find mine hilarious. 
 We have had a dog sized rat in our room this week also, so Bonnie, Lucy and I have been camping in other peoples room. The rat has chewed up alot of our stuff, and even the guys are too scared of it to try and catch it. 
 The skip house has had two people missing all week, as Paddy got very ill and had to go to hospital, and Chloe went with him. Alot of the people on the first wave got Dengue fever and viruses, and it seems that we are going to be just as unlucky. Me and Lucy are ill at the moment, I think I've got food poisoning for the second time this week, and Lucy doesn't know what is wrong, so we are chilling in the hotel next to the air con until we get better.
 Tomorrow we head back to Chitteal for our last week in the SKIP house, gonna attempt to teach the kids conversational skills so that when we leave hopefully we have taught them English that they can use in their careers if they move to the city when they are older.
Ciao
 

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Matt on

Ew a scarab beetle? Nasty shit!
I hope you survive all the widelife *Fingers crossed*

Julie (mum) on

Loved reading this, the kids sound like little terrors, but it's nice to laugh about it, love you lots xxx

beccablack2012
beccablack2012 on

I'm also thinking the Buddah probs wouldn't be loving that! Still a good experience though! Haha x

MelAnn on

Hahaha the beetle story is hilareous! I can just picture your face when you found it in the basket of your bike!
Really hope you're feeling better now Han Drink lots of water and what not, missing you loads
xxxxx

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