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Goa Travel Blog› entry 26 of 29 › view all entries
hello from India!
we made it here just about ok, had a day in mumbai and then it was 16 hours stuffed in a sleeper bus with me, carl, all our bags and the malaysian blow pipe! the charity is wonderful, really well run with lovely people and the children are adorable. most of them are under 10, the youngest is just called "baby". I teach a class, none of whom speak any English but we're getting there. My hindi so far consists of sit down and be quiet! we're having lessons though, so hopefully it will improve.
we have a 2 bedroomed flat on the beach, which is stunning. we got a moped to go to work, which I managed to write off on my trial run so carl now does all the driving! we have also been extras in a bollywood film to pay for the repairs. carl sported a marvellous goatee for one part! we're definately settling in now though so we're going to start exploring the area a bit.
look up the charity on www.childrenwalkingtall.com if you fancy seeing what we're up to. we tend to teach and wash the children in the morning then its playtime in the afternoon. they all come from two slums and when they're not at the house they're usually working as rag pickers.
Having a fantastic time though, enjoying the sunshine as ever and I'll let you know when our film debut is released!
And so it beings. It rained for the first time 2 nights ago, so deafiningly that we couldnt sleep and last night it thundered like I have never heard before. Its meant to be an early monsoon this year (just our luck) and the storms will get closer together until it just rains all day.
Struggling to teach them the alphabet at the moment...they can all spell orange but not their own names.
We going to northern goa this weekend to a lake with medicinal mud (no doubt we will end up looking like creatures from the deep) and then next weekend we're going to travel to see the ancient ruins at Hampi, which are meant to be stunning.
The mud was fun! we both got covered in yellow, gritty mud and stood there being laughed at by the locals but our skin was nice and soft after! its the usual routine at the house - children peeing all over the place and giggling lots.
Hampi was fantastic! 26 square miles of beautiful ruins which we explored with a brilliant guide (who told us it was all destroyed by the Muslim kings at least every 10 minutes). Our transport was an old white Austin Cambridge...well, you have to do things in style! We played the stone pillars which when you tap them play different notes, even though they are solid rock pillars, amazing.
We started back at work on wednesday only to be hugged as we went through the door as it had been so manic without us! We had managed to get 15 of them into proper school which took a lot of work and was a real breakthrough. It was so good to see them with their school bags and hair all neat in the afternoon. We've just got to keep making them go now! All the children had really bad fevers and the Mango House was more like a hospital than a school. We battled on though and on friday my class made it as far as writing `The banana is long and yellow` and saying `can you take my photo please` as opposed to `me photo, me photo`, brilliant!
We went out to see the World Cup and had a meal with our friend from Manipur (an Indian state the other side of Bangladesh) when he got a call saying his girlfriend, another volunteer had to go to hospital as she was feeling so ill.
I cant believe its our last week here though as we leave for Delhi next tuesday. I really dont want to leave all the children, especially seeing as they have now fnally grasped how to say my name!