100 days

Trip Start May 21, 2007
Trip End Aug 08, 2015

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I wasn't going to write anything today as it's a day best forgotten but when I realised I've been here for 100days, I thought I'd mark the occasion!
Today was spent on the phone to the bank and running up and down to fax shops because it seems someone in Australia has been having a lovely expensive spending spree using my debit card with money that wasn't in my account! The cards safely cancelled now and it's in the hands of the fraud department now so it's all ok! Apart from that it has rained heavily all day. It hasn't rained like that for a good few months now. One of the bedrooms gets the brunt off the rain - after mopping up 2 bucket fulls of water, it could still be used as a paddling pool.
It's hard to believe it's been 100days. So much has happened but yet it doesn't seem like I've been here that long. My funniest memory is still the morning there was a snake in the house that happened way back in my 2nd/3rd week. The comical scenes of about 15 people piling into the house, with ones on the seats and others standing on kitchen chairs with the table nearly collapsing still makes me chuckle!  The best thing about Sri Lanka in general is the people. I've yet to meet an unfriendly Sri Lankan or anyone who wouldn't bend over backwards for you. And they are always smiling no matter what their circumstances! It has been  brilliant to see first hand what fantastic work Smile do out here and how child sponsorship makes such a huge, sometimes life changing, difference to a child's life, for only a small amount per month.  If you're interested about finding out more about their work, check out www.smileinternational.org.  I still have another 9weeks to go - l don't doubt it'll be just as amazing as the first 15!  Two things are for sure, there will be plenty more elephants along the way and all the children will be able to say "What's the craic" in a Belfast accent (i've only  taught 2 so far to say it, so only another 80 or so to go)!
The kids are back tomorrow. Can't wait to see them again and get back to the teaching. Hopefully it won't be raining and the sun will be out or else they'll have to stay indoors.
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