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Nov 27 Just your regular workday in Siem Reap

Wednesday, Nov 27 in Siem Reap

sunny 31 °C

It is easy to roll out of bed when the sun is hot at 7:00 a.m. We enjoyed breakfast on the terrace, then headed for the pool. We relaxed, swam and sunbathed, then decided to head for town to get pencils (for kids who come to class without) and postcards for Danielle to keep in touch. We had a quick lunch, then headed for ACODO by 12 o'clock.

The kindergarten class was first, and I taught them while Danielle helped with the youngest ones. Next class was Danielle's class. She did well at keeping the kids attention. She is a natural and she did a fine job. Meantime I had a chance to read their homework and add words of encouragement and colourful stickers, which they prize. Third class was mine. Some students were missing because they were doing an impromptu performance for a visiting group, but the small group was a breeze.

Fourth class began, and I relaxed while Danielle stood to be greeted by her students. WOW - this sure makes teaching easy! Meantime, we noticed s few Japanese men around the orphanage with the director. It turns out they were a Japanese film crew. Danielle had started to teach the fourth class, when a large camera was brought in to the classroom. Danielle's tousled blonde hair and Canadian accent probably would look exotic (!!!) on Japanese TV. The students in this class are very capable and quite interactive. I'm sure this will go over well on evening news in Japan.

The last class started at 4 o'clock. Teaching through the heat of the day is a bit tough, as the midday temperature is generally about 34 degrees. I spoke to one of the boys about the older students who had left since I had taught here in January. He will bring my email address to one of my old students. I am so glad that I may get a chance to get in contact. I usually finish my classes by being thanked by my students, and I high-five some and shake some hands and say "thank you for being a good student" I really do enjoy interacting with them - specially the older students.

I returned to the hotel and found that Danielle had gone for a nap when she left at 4 o'clock. I decided to nap too. We both woke at 10, and she insisted we should go to town. HEY ! It's my holiday too, and I didn't feel like getting up. I told her it was safe - which it is. She decided to set off for town, and discovered a nice little restaurant and later a night club: Angkor What?, where she spent an hour or so dancing. I slept on till 2, then read and "blogged" till I heard breakfast preparations at 5 a.m.

Posted by Sue McNicholas 04:23 Archived in Cambodia

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