The life of a teacher and random mumblings
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Tuesday October 16th
Today was my first real day of school. I sat in on Rachelâ€™s English lessons. So much needs to be changed here! Hardly any work gets done! The teachers are not very good because one they arenâ€™t qualified and are just random people except for a few, and two they donâ€™t enjoy the children, and three havenâ€™t been paid in so long they donâ€™t want to work., They often sleep or wander off. They also still kane the children here when they misbehave.
The kids are very rowdy and naughty. There is always pushing, shoving, hitting, yelling. The kids scream out when they want to be called on even when their hand is raised and theyâ€™re often out of their seats. Most of them donâ€™t comprehend what they learn and copy out of the books.
We went to Busua Beach on Sunday, our last day of the trip. It was good fun and I waded into the ocean for a bit. Yesterday we went to the craft market where they have some of the most amazing stuff. Iâ€™m having an artist enlarge a painting I fell in love with of the sun setting over the jungle and some water. Iâ€™m paying extremely cheap for what they sell most of the paintings here.
The food hereâ€¦well Rachel, Amanda, David and Brent pretty much love it. Iâ€™ve been trying it all but when eating out Iâ€™ve stuck to the European food. I do like the porridges that they make here. They taste a lot like oatmeal in a lot of ways. But spaghetti (both traditionally and non traditionally) have come to be my preference if we eat in a restaurant.
Going to the restroomâ€¦wow. Most places donâ€™t have toilet paper. Also, if you have a toilet, usually it does not flush. One bar nearby has a drain thatâ€™s like the bottom of the shower and you just go there. Often times you just have to go in a gutter or around a corner where nobody is looking. Not very exciting really.
The power went out last night which sucked because we had all planned to go the internet cafĂ© then but oh well. Itâ€™s weird too because everyone has macheteâ€™s here to cut things and Iâ€™ve always known them as a weapon. Also, people walk all along the streets with buckets, baskets, and trays on their heads. They really do do that! You can buy stuff through the window of the tro tro whenever you want! Chickens, goats and sheep tend to just run about the city. You also have to watch where you walk so you donâ€™t step in a puddle of water that you donâ€™t know what it is. They also have open sewers here so watch out for those!
The people are so funny about seeing white people thoughâ€¦.really! Everyone wants to say hi, know your name, get your telephone number and email.
Wow there is just so much to talk about itâ€™s crazy! Oh yeah, not sure if I mentioned but I shower with buckets in the mornings haha and we wash clothes by hand in a bucket. Most of the roads are dirt or paved but surrounded by dirt so you get very dirty. We donâ€™t wear makeup and my hairâ€¦haha if any of you know my natural hair it means it gets crazy.
Alright. Well Iâ€™m off to the internet cafĂ© for right now to post all this. Will talk to you all soon!