In Phnom Penh for the day!
Well it is Wednesday, my day off from now on! I was supposed to have last Wednesday of but I had my first lot of travelers sickens so did not leave the school.
I am glad to now bit sitting at a computer contacting the outside world!!
Today is a public holiday…there a 4 this week!! Yes 4, 3 for the kings birthday and 1 for harvest day1
Mum, Cambodian traffic is worse than the traffic in Vietnam. The intersections and roundabout will be very challenging and Fun!!
My Khmer is slowly improving. I have not got most of the main phases and I am slowly getting there with the names.
This past week and a bit has been busy as well. On Saturday I went for a bit of a road trip. We went to visit some of the families of the year six students to discuss there options after they graduate and leave the school. Most will being going down the road to a place called “Villa Maria” where they continue with some schooling and get skill in repairing and making wheel chairs. We went to 4 of the families in locations that are as remote as can bee. Driving on dirt road foe hours on end. We ended up near the Vietnam border. The homes are amasing. Little more than a room often housing 5 or more people. As Spartan as there living conditions were I do not think I would go as far as saying that they are living in poverty. There seams to be a real sense of community among the villages and we received welcoming getting offered mangos and coconuts. I enjoyed drinking the coconut juice straight from it.
On Sunday morning I went to mass with Br terry. It took us 50minetus to drive into and across the city! Got to love the traffic! As we drove it was quite startling to see the extremes of the country at one point I looked to my left and saw a Mercedes Benz and then to the right to see a lady pulling a cart. Then seeing 4 or 5 store Hollywood style houses complete with barbed wire fences and guard house and thinking about the homes I saw the day before. It was all a bit hart to get my head around!!
Things are now into more of a routine. My days are full. Getting up at 6 and breakfast is at 7. At 7:30 I am working out side till 11:45 then showering before lunch. It is Hot very hot! Friday it was up to 38 C!! After lunch I am helping in the computer room and have English classed till 4. They I play with the kids till 5. After dinner I have an English lesson with some of the staff and then help out in the computer room again till the generator goes off at 9. But that stage I am knackered.
I am now getting used to the cold showers…they are nice in the hot! But I am having limited success with washing my cloths by hand!
I need some help form all those who are teachers…most of you!
In my class with the staff members...they can all read!! I could give them a chapter book today and they could read it!! The problem is they do not understand what they are reading which means that they can not use the words they learn in conversation. As I do not speak khmer I have a bit of a problem. Dose anyone have any suggestions??
Going to the travel agent today to sort out visa stuff. Apparently what happens in the embassy in Australia and what happens here are 2 different things. Joys of traveling!!
I have got to go now! I have tried to replay to as many people as possible but have been at it for 2 hours now!! Sorry if I did not get back to you. I will try next week.
I will try to put up some photos next week.