Jess' last day

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Eggs from the market - they come in a nest!

It was Jess' last day yesterday. She left us this morning on a bus up to Da Nang city.  Last night at street kids she had a bit of a blub saying good bye.  I'll probably be the same when that day comes.  She seemed in good spirits this morning and I'm sure she'll be happy once she's back in London with her b/f.  I'll be seeing her there in 2009 :)

Last night at street kids I didn't teach, I babysat.  One of our students brought in 3 toddlers.  She was going to sit in class and learn english because she needed to watch her siblings.  I told her I'd babysit the kids and she didn't hesitate one bit, she seemed so grateful to get to class.  But those poor little children were hesitant to warm up to me.

me in the kitchen, do you see how low that countertop is? back breaking!
  I am quite funny looking to them.  I don't speak there language, and they're shy scared children to begin with.  They were dirty, had clothes on backwards.  They had no diapers on and one of them wet themselves and didn't think anything of it.  Must happen often.  I got one girl to smile and draw on the board with me.  The other one wouldn't come near me and sat under a table the whole time playing with a safety pin which I couldn't take away from her.  The third one was all smiles at first, and then just had a meltdown and started wailing.  Her sister came out of class and comforted her as a mother would.  When she tried to sneak back to class the children all freaked. 

I've volunteered to teach class to the streetkids sat. and sun. from 6-8 outside the school as an extracurricular.  It was only going to be for 3 eager girls, but it turns out 20 of the students want to learn.  So this should be very interesting. 

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Chi's handiwork

My friend, Tra, has been taking us around and showing us good places to eat in town and introdicuing us to Vietnamese food and customs.  Our chef, Chi, is a doll and has been feeding us breakfast lunch and dinner daily.  I wanted to feed them and introduce them to some of our customs and food.  So I volunteered to cook lunch, it's the biggest of the 3 meals a day here.  I made french toast with beans and fried tomato for the 10 of us.  Chi insisted on being in the kitchen and once she realized how to cook french toast I was pushed aside and she had the spatula in hand.  Chi's the chef in this house and don't you forget it! :) 

She made us a lovely pineapple shake to drink, served a platter of mango as a fruit snack, and helped me create banana split as dessert.  I'm working with very little western food here...no cheese, no pasta, no dough, no oven.  But the vollies loved it.  And the vietnamese, well once they worked out how to eat it without chopsticks then they cleared there plates.

Eggs from the market - they come i…
Eggs from the market - they come …
me in the kitchen, do you see how …
me in the kitchen, do you see how…
Chis handiwork
Chi's handiwork
yummy!
yummy!
Dining room, living room, office
Dining room, living room, office
mmm....
mmm....
matching bracelets
matching bracelets
8.5 months pregnant, Tra is about …
8.5 months pregnant, Tra is about…
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