Soooo.. We're staying in a brothel

Trip Start Jul 14, 2012
Trip End Sep 14, 2012

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Week one of project is done and I never thought I would love living in a wood hut as much as I do! I'm sharing a very small room with Lucy and Bonnie, and also the resident house rat who strolls around in the roof beams all the time :|
I don't know how to spell the name of our village, but it is pronounced 'chiteal' and it's a four hour bus ride on dirt tracks from the nearest town Kampon Thom which is where we are staying this weekend, in a brothel :|
The school which I have been teaching at seems to be the richest of all the schools in the area, our kids are mint at English so we are teaching them skills like trying to make conversational sentences. I find it odd that alot of the locals wear flannel pajamas as a fashion statement. My favourites always bring me flowers and such like, and one of the really clever kids follows us home on the bikes and drops little paper planes into our baskets, cute yet slightly odd..
For entertainment we usually play alot of cards, plan our lessons, have quizzes and do stuff like charades etc. The electricity comes on for two hours at about seven, so when it goes off it's best to be in bed otherwise you run the risk of standing on the cat sized gecko we have in the house, or any variety of rank insects. The other night Lucy was lying in her mosquito net and an animal of some kind fell out of the roof and landed on her, ew.
This weekend wave 2 have done touristy things in Kampon Thom, we visited a silk farm, swam in a waterfall and climbed a mountain. I had an asthma attack as soon as we stared climbing :/ at the top of the mountain was a massive temple, and alot of ants so most people got bitten to death. There was also some monkeys; monkeys are HORRIBLE, they just hiss and bite and other mean things. Not a fan at all.
We are heading back to the village today, week two of teaching is going to be teaching tenses to the older kids and small sentences to the younger ones. Our translator dropped the
'I won't be at school next week' bombshell last night, so its going to be pretty impossible to let the kids know what we are saying, miiiiiiiiint.
Last night the translators turned up at the bar we were drinking at and took a few of us on a motorbike ride around the town, was loving my life :D
Heading back to the village now and everyone is hanging like hangers on hang tablets, gonna be a fun trip, blurrrrgh.
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Melaniiiaaaaa on

You and your asthma! You can't run down the street without having an attack so i hate to imagine the sight of you climbing a Mountain... And i found your inhaler in my draw the other day so hope you're surviving ok =/
Aww yeh i hate monkeys too!! They're like the llamas of hot countries except more aggressive.
Sounds like you're enjoying it though hanpan hope the teaching next week goes well. GOOD LUCK
peace out

beccablack2012 on

Haha hanging like hangers. When I was in a bungalow I felt something nibbling on my toe in the night and with no electricity we just lay there imagining it was a huge monkey - was probs an ant x

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