4kgs of chocolate cake please!

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

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We can hardly believe that our last few days at Smile Lanka are drawing to a close. We plan to leave on Thursday afternoon to travel up to Colombo and spend a bit more time with Heshan and the family before flying home on Sunday.

Yesterday we ran a few errands with Nayani in the morning, wrote a report on the goings on at the school for someone – we're not too clear on who it was for but were told that it needed to be in good English! In the afternoon we had two classes. In the first we taught the children the names of different shapes and in the second class, the oldest pupils in the school, we did dictation and comprehension. Last night we decided to get organised before we leave and make a list of all the things we need to do before we go. Our list comprised of about five days worth of activity! We realised that instead of making a list, we should have got on with some of the things on the list!!

Today we flitted between the kitchen and the preschool. During play time we were called to the top of the slide by a group of children who told us that we were now on the bus to England and could we please pay them some money - stones and leaves to you and I. We had a great time being driven back and forth between Sri Lanka and England on possibly the safest and most comfortable ride we’ve ever had on Sri Lankan public transport! If only our journey home was just a matter of going down a slide, rather than the 12+ hours on a plane!

This afternoon we taught another class on the subject of shapes. After lessons were over we just popped into Nayani’s office to tell her that we were heading to town, and an hour later we left having ended up in a meeting with the whole staff. However, no one is to blame for this save ourselves as we foolishly brought 'The List’ with us which caused a great deal of confusion and wasn’t helped when Milani teacher found a camera and started trying to take candid shots of everybody! One thing we love about Sri Lanka, as you must have picked up by now, is the total randomness of everything and how even the simplest thing causes great amusement. For example, we wanted to buy some cake for the afterschool children tomorrow as it is our last afternoon with them. Our original plan was to get them jelly and ice-cream, however we were told that this would "cause problems". Dear knows what those problems might be! After telling Nayani that we wanted cake she immediately whipped out her little black book, told us we would need about “4 kilos of cake” to feed all the children (as opposed to just “2 cakes”) and promptly rang the cake man! We have been told that he will be arriving tomorrow, with 4 kilos of chocolate cake. I think we can all agree that the cake man’s number would be a very useful one for our little black books!

Tonight has been spent ticking off more things from ‘The List’ and was rounded off with an impromptu tuktuk lesson. This time we were allowed to drive the whole way back from the playground to Smile and even got up to third gear! We are doing very well according to Nezam.

Tomorrow, as well as saying goodbye to the afterschoolers (4 kilos of cake) we are also going to visit the children’s houses and present some cricket teams with new bats.

Tune in again tomorrow night for our last instalment from Smile Lanka.
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FH on

All that cake.... yummmm

ammu Rozzy on

What's that telephone number?xx

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