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

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Let's start with the absolute highlight ever of out time in Sri Lanka….WE HAD OUR FIRST TUT TUT LESSON!! For those of you who don’t know what these are, they are like motorised Rickshaws and are the common mode of transport. We had decided that we wanted to get our license, but sadly apparently 2 weeks is not enough time, even though we were naturals! You can have a look at the videos to see our progress after only 15 minutes ( and were taken to a playing field where there were lots of people playing cricket, however that did not deter us. Nezam (our regular Tut Tut driver) must have had a lot of faith in our ability as he let us loose on his vehicle and even allowed Caroline to drive down the road. Smile has a Tut Tut so we are going to sweet talk Nayani into letting us use it for lesson numero 2!

Our lesson was after school – in the morning as it was slightly cooler today (perhaps 32 instead of 37) we decided to venture into the kitchen and help out. Everyday Smile caters for approx 200 children as well as staff so it’s quite a task for the 2 cooks. We were quickly set to work – Anna learning how to use a food processor to shred some green stuff (this is the only bit of electrical equipment in the kitchen), while Caroline used a machete to chop up several pumpkins. It was the most delicious lunch we had ever tasted, though we think the cook added extra chillies to our meals – possible revenge for having been slow workers!

Prior to our spell in the kitchen, Milani teacher called upon us to entertain the children as breakfast was running late. How could we pass up an opportunity to give a dramatic rendition of the, now infamous, 'Peanut Song’?! How we managed to make it through the line ‘Where is Banda?’ is beyond us!

In the afternoon, we continued the theme of naming parts of the body, this time with the older classes. As usual the chalk drawings went down a treat! However, we have now done this with all the classes and must now invent something new and creative for future lessons.

So, that is another day done. Tomorrow we were told we’re doing something – visiting somewhere or meeting someone – however this has been lost in translation and we haven’t got a clue as to what we will be up to! We shall let you know in due course.
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Roz on

Loving the blog. Keep it coming! Has Caroline still got some fingers left?

Roz on

..and did the cricketers get out of your way in time or are they a couple of men down now?! xx

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