Where is Banda?

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

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Today was our first day in Preschool and again, as we are in Sri Lanka, it started with a breakfast of vegetable noodles, egg and curry….what else would you have for breakfast?! It was brilliant to see the children – Anna would have known the older Preschoolers from when she was here last year as they stay in the Preschool for 2 years. Caroline did not know any of them as all her Preschoolers are now Afterschoolers. However that doesn't matter as within 5 minutes we already had lots on new friends permanently attached to our arms, legs and any other part of our body that could be held on to! But we would not want it any other way!

Two of our new little friends are affectionately known as Alfie and Star. They are 2 little girls – Alfie got her name as we cannot pronounce her real name but it sounds a bit like "Alfie" and Star because her name is “Tharuka” which is Sinhala for Star. Alfie has the cheesiest smile ever (see photo) and loved showing it to us, while Star has attached herself to Caroline like a limpet.

Now the highlight of the day was definitely “The Peanut Song”, which we are convinced must be made up by Milani Teacher as it makes no sense. Imagine the below song being sung to the tune of “Clementine”..

Verse 1 - Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut just now. Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut just now

Verse 2 – Eating the peanut, eating the peanut, eating the peanut just now. Eating the peanut, eating the peanut, eating the peanut just now.

Verse 3 – Stomach aching.….

Verse 4 – Where is Banda……? (NB Banda is apparently the servant, Jeeves would be the English equivalent)

Verse 5 – Call the Doctor….

Verse 6 – Doctor’s coming…..

Verse 7 – What’s the matter…?

Verse 8 – Stomach aching.….

Verse 9 – Operation……

Verse 10 – Found a Peanut….

I think you’ll agree this song is genius, so much so that we expect it to be winging its way to the UK, complete with our over exaggerated actions to tell the story!

Half an hour before the Afterschoolers, we were informed that we were teaching 2 45 minute classes. Again, in Sri Lanka preparation is key! So after deliberation we had a brain wave and decided that writing on the wall with chalk would be an excellent activity to teach the children names of body parts, much to Nayani and Milani’s distress. It worked a treat and now the side of the Smile House is covered in outlines of the children’s bodies, including our own works of art!

In the evening we made our first trip into town and stocked up in Food City. Aand there ends our Thursday!
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Alfieeeeee <3 cant you guys just put Alfie in your suitcase??! I want more pictures!

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