Can't cook won't cook.

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
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Trip End Oct 28, 2007


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Monday, August 6, 2007

Today was a very bizarre day. The preschoolers in the morning were preparing for their sports day, so this brought games and instruments and then possibly the scariest hour of my life with the teachers (the only ones who could speak Singalese) and Caroline (who can understand what the children are on about better than me having already been here for 2 months) went to prepare things for the sports day and left me in charge of 28 children. After an hour of colouring in, Plasticine (most of which disappeared) and Duck Duck Goose was over. I was shattered. Talk about a rabbit in the headlights! The problem is because the children don't have a notion what you are saying, ideas that would take about 30 secs to organise and do at home take around 10 mins to do here. There are also a couple of them that are really badly behaved. One is epileptic and the other has a form of ADHD so your prayers on this would be greatly appreciated. Still it was an experience and doubtless i will do it all again tomorrow!!!

The afterschool club were practicing too and did a bit of musical statues- sri lankan style. they are all brilliant dancers and a few of them were overcome with laughter when i showed them my dance moves- they obviously haven't caught up to me here yet! One of the kids (apologies for the generalizations but i can barely remember the teachers names at the minute let alone over 80 kids!) is a brilliant dancer and kept doing the Michael Jackson crotch pull. Laughed so hard i wet myself a little!

Also it was Gordon's last day today. He came over with his camera to take some pictures. He tried to take individual ones, but they all quickly became group photos as the kids bounded in! They absolutely adore getting their picture taken. He also got a cookery lesson, which was a bit like a very bad episode of can't cook won't cook. Imagine the scene. A small kitchen, a 60 year old English man who is slightly hard of hearing and 2 cooks speaking in Singalese. It was one of the funniest things I have seen in ages. The cooking actually stopped for a couple of minutes to allow me to compose myself after an argument broke out over how much the sugar thing weighed. Priceless!

Tonight I have my first social event!  A pot luck supper with some of the other people here who are helping in the area. i decided to make my favorite. Jelly! Gordon is bringing his 'experiment' so we shall see how it tastes. Oh and the banana tree has now been disposed off completely.
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