10th - 23rd May
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Monday 10th May â€“ Friday 21st May
Been a little under the weather this week, everyone seems to have a fever and a cough of some description, but hopefully bananas will cure all!
Managed to finally get the paints for our mural, so will get started on it next week which will be ace, since weâ€™ve been waiting AGES for it all to come together lol.
This weekend (15th May) there was a Gurkaland
strike all across the hill area (Kurseong, Kalimpong and
Was also Rachelâ€™s birthday weekend and we met her parents
and had cake from the Cake Lady â€“ YUMMY! Rachel was kind of ill though, which
wasnâ€™t so cool, and because her parents were about we didnâ€™t see all that much
of her, but she had a
Monday 17th Onwards
Kate white washed the wall of the really dingy corridor in the upstairs part of the school whilst I was in Darj this weekend, and weâ€™ve decided that weâ€™re going to make a mural of all the childrenâ€™s hands going across it, so itâ€™s their art as much as it is ours. Across the top weâ€™ve painted â€śB.D.E.B.S. 2010, hands of the futureâ€¦who will yours help?â€ť and itâ€™s looking really cool and all the kids have been super into it, all pointing out their hands as they go past. Was great fun for Kate and I also, slopping paint on kids hands and lifting the little ones up so that they could get a really high print! Have also sketched out our â€śthis little light of mineâ€ť mural on the wall in class 8. Made me realize how much I miss doing art and getting into creating something from a blank canvas!
Monday was also the day of the Spell Bee competition at school that we only found about at lunch time and were then expected to be the question posers!! Each house (red, yellow, green and blue) put forward 2 teams (4 kids from class 1/2 and 4 kids from class 3/4) and we had to call outs words from a list of 50 and they had to stand up in front of everyone and spell them out. It was quite good fun, but utterly unorganized and no one quite knew the rules or how/why points were awarded!!
Weâ€™ve had loads of power cuts this week, often daily and
lasting for hours. We this itâ€™s a knock on effect from cyclone Laila thatâ€™s hit
Wednesday was results day for all the former class 10 students who took the ICIS exams last December. Blue Diamond has 3 students who got firsts and 2 students who got seconds, so we had a special assembly on Thursday to celebrate and they came back to give the current students some wise words and encouragement. After it was announced that Friday and Saturday would be a holiday in their honor, bizarre that they celebrate the educational achievement of some by stopping others from learning, but heyho! After the assembly the teachers had a small party, which basically consisted of nibbles, chats and the female teachers sitting together in silence and then leaving! There was talk of how a boarder had been seen smoking by a neighbor and a complaint had been made, and Alpen (the teacher who we live with) and the Principle managed to get quite drunk of a tiny amount of alcohol (2bottles of whiskey and 3beers between about 14 of us!) in a stupidly short amount of time! They all started dancing about like loonies, falling over, and Alpen even asked Kate to dance! We have some priceless videos and pictures, and they are definitely going online asap. By 5 Mr Thapa took them home to Thindharia, and Kate and I were left in fits of hysterics and nearly wetting ourselves!
Friday we left early for Kalimpong. Rode on the back of a
truck with bricks in it to Kurseong (the driver refused payment woo) it was
AWESOME!! Bobbing along through all the mist and fog, waving and having chats
with everyone who went by. We then booked our taxi to Kalimpong (1pm) and went
to find some tinternet. However, after about 20mins we were told we had to
leave because all the shops were shutting because of Gurkaland! So we were left
with 3hours to kill and nothing to do â€“ we ended up sitting down and reading
which was pleasant. We later found out that it was due to a Gurka party leader
had been stabbed to death at 9.30am in
Eventually we got to Kalimpong, met up with Rach, Efl, Fab and Cas and headed to Pedong to see Ed, Jon, Olivia, Martha and Edâ€™s mate Kez (who I know through Ruth bizarrely enough!!) Also got a call from Clara which was super cool and awesome. We spent the evening jamming and sleeping and being squashed (4beds and 9people!!)
Saturday 22nd May 23, 2010
Went â€śwhiteâ€ť (brown) water rafting today for Rs 500 (like
7pounds) down the river Tista (despite the fact that 3people died on Friday
doing it!!) which was AWESOME fun. Took us all a while to get our shit together
(as usual) but it all worked out in the end! We had some pretty big rapids,
drank loads of water, saw some beautiful views (Tista divides Kalimpong and
Sunday 23rd May
Didnâ€™t manage to get to go paragliding today =( because the cloud base is too low and the take off site is covered in cloud, but had a nice chat with the Swedish guy who runs it about strikes and Gurkaland, and hay itâ€™s a nice day in Kalimpong will just jam and enjoy it =) andâ€¦.I still have the rs 2150 I would have spent on it â€“ so probably a good thing it didnâ€™t happen since Iâ€™m rapidly running out of money!!
Well, no idea whatâ€™s going on with it! Elfâ€™s aunt said itâ€™s
a no go â€“ and so do STA atm, but if STA say itâ€™s ok to go Iâ€™m going to go â€“
will be too expensive to change our flights and shiz.
Books for Regal
So mum has said that Grasmere have some books that they need
to get rid of and suggested that she sends them our to Regal Academy (the less
well off of the 2 schools we teach at) but Iâ€™m caught in two minds as to
whether itâ€™s worth it. The few books they do have have been wrecked in the
space of about 2 weeks by the children. The teachers also donâ€™t seem to care
and donâ€™t encourage the kids to respect the books at all so theyâ€™re all ripped
and crumpled and will be unreadable in about a month or so! So do I send the
books on the basis that theyâ€™ll get some use, even if they are ripped up within
2 weeks, or do I not bother and send them to people whoâ€™ll respect them, or do
I suggest that
Travelers are interesting and itâ€™s really nice to meet new
people and hear what theyâ€™ve done and how theyâ€™ve found