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2 Dec. Just a regular day

Monday, December 2nd. Our first teaching day in December.

sunny 31 °C

Monday has snuck up on us again! We decided to spend our morning by the swimming pool. We lay in the sun, reading. Danielle with "Gone Girl" and me with "The Elements of Murder" a history about the chemical elements and how they have been used in poisoning kings and rulers or superfluous husbands or wives or lovers. An entertaining and relaxing morning.

At midday we headed to ACODO. We arrived to find that the kids we had come to teach were all piled into the van, each dressed in their school uniform. Nobody had mentioned to us that classes in town change around between mornings and afternoons at the beginning of each month. We would not be teaching until our 3 p.m. class.

We decided that a stroll through the market would be just peachy. The display of goods is a bit overwhelming. We looked for gifts for Danielle's beau's family. Silk scarves - Taking the time to look almost always results in buying. When not quite sure if you really want it, one usually hears: "What you pay, lady. I give you special price." and the price is soon irresistible. We bought two scarves and then wandered on past other stalls. Later we came to a jewelry store. Again we found a lovely jade necklace and a silver bangle decorated with elephants.

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Market stalls are overstuffed

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This young lady was charming and she really wanted me to buy a little bit of jewelry. I couldn't resist.

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I bought a silver bangle and Danielle bought a silk jewelry travel bag.

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Danielle was sorely tempted to buy a ring. Nice hands to show off....... mine are definitely farmer's hands.

This was getting to be hot work, so when we saw the massage parlour next door, we decided that a foot massage would perk us up. Oh, my goodness! This is the ultimate 10 minute break - First, feet and legs washed, then gentle hands of steel rubbed and kneaded the muscles relieving all tension. I could go for this again and again, and for less than the price of a "Tim's"

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Who can say no to a foot and leg massage for a buck?

We cut through the market - finding more of the interesting market stalls. We found beautifully woven baskets, and bought one. Then it was getting close to teaching time. With rejuvenated legs and feet, we walked the kilometre and a half to the school past our hotel. This time of the day it is usually around 34 degrees. There are plenty of tuk tuks and bicycles on the road. We walked on the dirt path beside the river watching some boys fishing there, until we came to ACODO orphanage.

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Kids and adults are always fishing in the river beside the road.

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The kids are happy to spend an hour learning English.

Danielle has been taking the afternoon's first class. These kids are older and keen to learn to improve their very good English. The first hour was spent doing countable and uncountable nouns and the use of some, any, few, and a few. Danielle has taken to this like a duck to water. She has learned the names of the 7 kids in this class, but each day the number increases. (?) All was very satisfactory. The next class was mine. They are doing the same work as the previous class, so I lucked into an easy ride. Classes finished up and we chatted to the kids from both classes who were around to just hang out with their teachers.

We walked back to the hotel at 5:30, but we didn't have time to spare, as the owners of the hotel, Sona and Samnang (it means Good Luck) were taking us out to their favourite vegetarian restaurant. They also invited Helen. Samnang drove us, and soon we were seated in an aroma filled room with menues entirely in Khmer. Lucky for us, there were pictures. In the end Sona and Helen chose the dishes, and it seemed we would share them. Well, the mushroom dish would make a carnivore's mouth water! In all, the food was excellent and spicy and crunchy. Hard to adequately describe. We sipped a very scented clear tea after the meal, then ambled out to our find our car. Samnang drove us by "The Butterfly Garden" which is now on our list of places to see, as it is a fine place to relax and dine and the fact that its social mission is to contribute to building a promising future for children and youth in Cambodia. Have a look at butterfliesofangkor.com Best to come here during the day and sit amongst the butterflies while sipping tea. We were home by 8. We thanked our kind "aunty and uncle" as Khemra calls them, then we decided to go for another stroll in town.

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Sona, me and Somnang. We enjoyed a great vegetarian meal with Danielle and Helen, a lady from Australia.

I was keen to find the restaurant "Geneveve's" where Sovy is known as the singing waiter. We did find it, but it was booked out for the evening. I asked if I could simply have a look in, and say a quick "Hi" to Sovy. The owner was happy to oblige, and we did. We left quickly, as there was the usual hubbub of serving dinners to several tables. We booked to return for supper tomorrow night. On to the 'Night Market', and Danielle bought her last gift. Now, it was really time to head home and turn in.

Posted by Sue McNicholas 03:01 Archived in Cambodia

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