Ry Causes Riot At Local School

Trip Start Apr 16, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

After getting back to Ende as I didnt want to spend another night freezing to death in Moni,had to go and try sort out my flight back to Bali.I had 5days left on my visa before I had to get out the country or pay $25 a day charge.When I had booked the tickets in England I was told you get a 60day visa on arrival,but when I landed could only get 30days so I was stuck.I could either pay 90quid and bring my flight onto Oz forward,or I could pay the same amount and just fly to Kuala Lumpur to get visa stamped,then fly back wherever and get the other 2weeks to see the rest of Indonesia,so I decided I wanted to see Java even though people were talking warily after the recent earthquake and Tsunami in Yogyakarta.East Timor was not far away and had looked into getting a ferry to Kupang,West Timor and travelling overland to the border,but it would have cost twice as much to fly,and everywhere I checked on the internet and at embassies was told to stay well away at all costs as there was a lot of trouble and guerilla wars going on.
As the journey from Bali to Flores had been 40 something hours of killer bus journeys and ferrys,I decided i'd pay the 40quid cost and 2hour flight back instead!
So got back to Ende,booked the flight at the Merpati office and had a day to kill before my flight back even though there was nothing to do around Ende.
Checked back into the Hotel Ikhras after being up since 4am that morning and not really sleeping night before went to get my head down for a bit when there was a knock at the door.Opened to find the lad from the hotel and a bloke introduced himself as Vincent,an English teacher from the local school.Apparantly the lad had told him about me and he wanted to invite me to the school to have a look round and go into the english classes.I asked why and what he wanted me to do,and he said I would "motivate" the kids,if they saw me they would think if I try hard and make an effort to speak good english Ill be ok!??I said I didnt think Id be a good motivator or role model and really just wanted to sleep but he wouldnt take no for an answer,and so after thinking about it agreed for him to pick me up the next day at 4pm.
4pm next day,Vincent pulls up and I jump on the back of his bike,not having a clue what to expect or what I was supposed to do,but when we pulled into the school yard,man ive never seen anything like it!

About a hundred 18year olds just started screaming and jumping up and down on the top of the stairs and running around like crazy!"
Hansam,hansam theyre saying"Vincent kept saying and probably went red as a beetroot.Got introduced to 3 other teachers while all the while the kids hanging out of the window screaming and hearing "hello,hansam man! will you marry me!"
So we went into the first class,me thinking what have I let myself in for!?The class was about 40 19year olds and I get put at the front after being introduced while Vincent tells them all about why I was there-even though I never knew myself!

So im stood there,at the front on my own in front of all these kids and for next hour the teacher gets the kids to ask me questions,or gets me to tell them about where Ive been and write on the board.Every question was "are you married,do you have a girlfriend,do you like indonesian girls!? and the teacher didnt help matters,every so often hed ask me if I wanted a girlfriend from one of his classes,and asking all the girls to hold their hands up if they fancied me! I was like "hold on a minute dont think you should be pimping out kids from your own class!!!?"
Ive never seen anything like it,like theyd had some footy or film star turn up at their class,they followed me everywhere,screamed and stamped their feet if I walked over to their desk and just went mental!

Then noticing I had my camera the teacher asks who wanted a photo with me.....Well it went mental!They were fighting over who stood next to me,if I put my arms round them like in a scrum theyd scream,it was craziest thing ive seen in ages!
Then when we finally finish photos and school finishes,asked Vincent to take me back to hotel as was shattered and deaf from the madness!Then all way along same road full of school kids walking home had to wave from back of bike as we passed kids blowing kisses and running after me.
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