My first house guests arrived to open arms on Saturday afternoon. A neighbouring volunteer, only "1h45 away by taxi door to door", arrived with her brother and sister-in-law. It was so great to see friendly faces, go to the market together, and cook in my kitchen...fresh coconut juice to start, followed by curried pumpkin, rice and boiled eggs, ending with fresh pineapple. It was scrumptious. Thanks you guys!
|Ellen in pink (volunteer) Stephen, and Tessa visiting from the Netherlands.|
|Easter KitKat hunt.|
|With their stash!|
Not to despair, I set about cleaning up the area outside my fence and burned my garbage. It was fun seeing all the neighbours going by and smiling, chatting with me. I sure wish I knew what they were saying but I think they were indicating that cleaning up garbage from the street is an endless job. While out there, an Australian fellow and his friend stopped by and stayed for tea, then another volunteer from Uganda stopped by. To quote Anna, how great is that to have breakfast with Dutch people and tea with Australians and a Ugandan in one day. Ya guess it is pretty great.
I think the raining season is starting as most days we have heavy rains at about 4 pm. I like just swinging in my hammock as the deluge comes down. At times I deceive myself and pretend I'm getting used to the heat. After the rain, I actually thought I was chilly. Turns out I just wasn't hot and sweaty! Sort of the same, right?
|The rains as seen from my hammock|
|At the start of the ceremony the directors approached the monks .|
|Chanting and praying|
|After the monks throw the flower petals and candies, they are presented with their gifts|
The following day, there was a big New Year's banquet at the Provincial Office of Education complete with the bigwigs in education for the province. It was amazing to see how they are treated like royalty, really! The fresh fish were taken from the pond, cooked on a fire, and so much food...noodles, soups, meats and greens, bread and yes, French wine! As the big Poo bahs walked by and spotted us, we were motioned to the head table to eat with the royalty. Quite a privilege apparently. I must say, I am much more comfortable with the working stiffs. However, the wine was good!
|the fishing was quite the spectator sport|
|Catfish in the "bag"|
|Now they are really getting in the bag|
|These kids were giggling with glee every time the fish were netted|
|One of the spectators|
|Soon to be served to the masses|
|Just a glimpse of what was a huge amount of food|
|Yours truly and my Ugandan colleague eating at the head table between the fish ponds. Within the first few minutes I dropped my water bottle in the nicely cleaned fish pond!|
|The chaos on the streets of Sisophon|
|Yup, that's me!!|
|On my way into the chaos|
Louise, your picture is on my fridge! Love that smiling face.
I have had some people request a mailing address for me so I will include the two possibilities below. The first is my local address but I have had word that the Canadian post office would only send mail to Phnom Penh. Maybe that was only for parcels. Anyway, if you are so inclined, snail mail is a real treat. No pressure though. It could take months to get here although it is very unpredictable.
P.O. Box 0120
Banteay Meanchey Province
c/o VSO Cambodia
#17, Street 234,
Sangkat Phsar Deumkor, Khan Tuol kork,
PO Box 912,
Tel: 023 882 768/ 023 882 758
Hey Terry, maybe all the brain work to learn K'mai will help me in Scrabble!
Well, that's all folks. I miss you all so much and am forever grateful to have so many truly lovely family and friends. Lots of hugs, love, and, thoughts!!!