Out with 2009 and in with 2010
Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
23Trip End Feb 08, 2010
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I also have to prepare classes for next week – more about that later!!
This is the end of week one so a period to reflect too… This time last week I was trying to squeeze everything into my suitcase. Now it is almost empty.
The “real” world feels a million miles away.
I wonder what it feels like to not be melting; to have clean feet; to have clean ironed clothes; to eat a non rice meal; to not be smothered in deet……… But (and I know it is early days) I am not missing anything and I am ok with all this
Hillary – I’ll need you to knock me back into shape in February…
The (short) week finished well. We will have the Olympic ceremony on Monday at lunchtime when all kids are present.
Germany came 3rd. GERMANY GERMANY HO HO HO!!! We managed to excel at crab football and came first. Sorry no photos – we were all laughing too much! The kids loved it. They didn’t understand at first - you play football down on all fours (face up) like a crab – but soon got the hang of it. Western parents wouldn’t like the damage it does to your clothes but when they are already threadbare this is not an issue!! The highlight has to be when one little boy arched his back to “kick” the ball with his crotch…. Well it IS a real football and it WAS a hard “kick”
I have posted some photos here of the three legged race which was also hilarious at the time but the crab football yesterday did take some beating……
So next week…
This is how it works: at the end of each week the teachers (i.e. us) meet up to plan the following week. We work out what the theme for the week is and how we will incorporate this into the program. Next week our chosen theme is the World. You discover that they don’t know the difference between a country and a town and a nationality and a language. So over the classes we are going to attempt to explain some of this. We then break it down into what we will do in which class on which day and then who will prepare. There are 3 subjects – English; General Studies and the Creative Workshop. For English and General Studies the kids are broken up into levels. For the creative workshop, they are all together
OK – you following all this?
I will perhaps tell you more as we go next week, but once we have decided what we are doing we split the work amongst us. Then whatever parts you have to prepare you have to prepare for all levels and if it is the creative workshop session then you give it to all the kids at once!
My work for the weekend is to prepare 3 separate creative classes – probably jewellery making; ethnic headwear and something else (that one is for 9am Monday and I haven’t decided at all yet!!!) I also have to prepare a song they can learn (with actions) for Friday…….. Perhaps now you know why I am having to stay in to work on New Years Day!
Phew – it exhausting to describe even………
New Year’s Eve in Siem Reap
Every Thursday night, Globalteer organise a Quiz Night in a bar in town. Each week it is for a different project. Last night it was for Anjali so no question of not going. First we were to wander the various bars looking for English speakers to bring along. It has to be said they weren’t many (we think they were probably going to come out later for the New Year Celebrations) – there are masses of German speakers for some reason. Annie and I met up with Alan and Cathrin (from Anjali); had a great meal and then headed off to the Funky Monkey for the quiz. I naively thought I could be a spectator, but this fundraising is hard work and a passive role isn’t really on so we make up the “Only here for the beer” team. I think there were a dozen or so teams (we raised over $120) – not a huge turn out but it was New Years Eve and serious party time down in the street. But WE WON!!! The prize is a limited edition print of one of the kids photos (Marilyn got the winning place mat for that – we didn’t have straws to draw) and a couple of huge jugs of ice cold beer… Needless to say we stayed rooted to the Funky Monkey until midnight where we had a first class view over the rather hot and noisy street celebrations below. Fireworks were going off in all directions from the middle of the packed streets!
I have a sad observation here. I was a spectator and I am alone but I cannot understand why would you be down there in the crowds and just be taking a photo at midnight.
If you are with people you love – live the moment – don’t take a stupid photo!!!!!!!!
The memory of a well lived moment will always surpass a photo of others having fun……
Digital photography has a lot to answer for. Unfortunately on the low res version of this photo you cannot see all the camera screens.