09.01.2013 - 09.01.2013 30 °C
DAY 6, WEDNESDAY
Last night was warm. I awoke at 3, and read and worked on those names and class lists. At 4, I did laundry in the sink and got into a warm bath to continue reading. The power went out a while later, so I was forced to go back to bed, figuring on sleeping from 5 to 6. I awoke at 7 sharp – the time of my first class. Dressing and power walking down the road took me there by 7:08. A few minutes later Savon arrived and another teaching day began. I am now on midday break, by the hotel pool, having cooled off for 20 minutes in a lush deserted pool. Lunch break from teaching was never like this back home!
Teaching English here is quite fun. Though the classrooms are very basic, the number of students is small. ‘Kindergarten’ is a class of 8 kids, of age 6 – 10. Some of the “monkey dancers” come from this class – it was easy to figure that out! The kids talk English to me, but some are a bit shy. Today we did “on”, “under” and “in”. There are not many teaching aids, so drawing on the board helped. Using a shoe to demonstrate went fine till I did: “The shoe is ___ my head” Anguished cries of “No, no, NO!”, let me realize that this is a cultural taboo. Well, I’m learning plenty, too!
With the teaching day done, I walked to town to see what is on the go there. I discovered a market that sells fresh produce, most of which was picked this morning. I’ve decided to work my way through fruits and veggies that I haven’t ever tried before. Mangosteen is one interesting fruit - hard to describe. The spices: amok, green curry and ones that I haven’t seen before will make up the extent of my purchases to bring home. Once out of the market, there were wonderful smells of spices and roasting meat and roasting bananas, produced by dozens of street vendors. The chicken looked so good, that it became my treat for supper.
Walking around is pleasant, though there are constant polite inquiries: “Madam need tuc-tuc?” or “Massage, Madam?” – I’ll break down soon; massages cost $2 - $5, though the really topnotch place I’ve been told about is a little bit more expensive.