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... is so lovely and a lot more rewarding that working on the mental health placements most of the time.. They are so eager to learn and love having us there - no spitting under any circumstances!
We did a lesson on punctuation and grammar which went well - and during activities to practice this, we got them to write sentences about their own lives and learnt a bit more about them. I also showed them the photos I brought with me - of my dog, family etc.. They were very impressed ...
... but tasted even better.
After being lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves in our huge bed we awoke to be served breakfast poolside. During breakfast we were fascinated by the tiniest squirrels any of us had ever seen. They scurried among the tables and begged to be fed – they were really very cute.
After breakfast, and to the amusement of our fellow travellers, Sal and I decided it was time to break out the swimsuits and hit ...
... of oddities. A quick trip to Galle new town revealed a more normal Sri Lankan hub of activity. Also home to the most crazy bus station we've encountered: a sight by itself, even on Poya Day, a mess of buses crammed into every space, 'taxis' lined up in ranks, pedestrians risking life and limb to cross the busy roads, and street vendors in every form hawked their goods.
Back in Galle Fort, the sleepy town had woken up some what. Many Sri Lankans were crowding the ...
... part of the country. Its very much an active functioning city: it just to happens to look like it was plucked from the pages of a history book. The fort walls are made mainly of coral collected from the sea and reinforced with sand and lye to hold it all together. The walls are so thick that at at its busiest time, entire families lived with its interior. These same walls helped protect the town inside from most of the damage caused by the tsunami that hit the ...
... UK and back to school. Alex runs a business that takes tourists on gentle bike rides around the city and into the countryside, and by all accounts this is a really good experience, and one that, after it had been offered to us all for free, I was really looking forward to. Alas, the weather put a downer on the entire day, with a torrential downpour lasting several hours through the afternoon. That evening, we got Indian takeaway (these curries were still more ...
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