Siliguri Travel Blog› entry 11 of 26 › view all entries
April 24th, 2010 – by: darkfootfairy
We wandered about Siliguri, went on the internet, reveled in the liveliness of it all and tried to bear the heat. Also found a nice spot on the roof of the hotel to sit and gaze at stars which was incredible and so surreal! Fabienne managed to buy a violin for about 30pounds and we found many cool instruments to pretend to play and make horrid sounds with!
Kate found that she had conjunctivitis which wasn’t too cool, but managed to get some eye drops for rs.
Friday and Saturday evening were spent chatting and singing along to guitar played by Alex and Johns mate Sam (he’s doing some travelling with his mate Max after having spent 2months teaching football in Kerela).
We came back to Ghayabari on Sunday, the journey ended up taking about 3 hours because we got a flat tyre halfway through the journey and had to sit in sweltering heat for about an hour. But such things can only be expected when the roads are as bad as they are!
Eleanor and I managed to book our train tickets to Delhi (20th June), Mumbai (25th June), Varanasi (30th June) and Kolkata (8th July).
This week’s teaching has been good; we’re doing weather, season, time, wildlife and nature, so we’ve had plenty of topics to cover, especially with class 2 who we see 7 times a week! Regal has also been good, although I had to wait 2.
We had a slight annoyance this week when 2 of the mangos we bought from Siliguri went missing from the fridge. Mr and Mrs Thapa seemed to understand how annoying it was, given that we’d bought them because we don’t get enough fruit and veg here. However, nothing much has been done about it yet, but I’m sure it’ll be sorted out soon.
We had a ‘party’ on Monday evening for a boy called Punkaj who was 15. We sang happy birthday (with an extra verse about G-d blessing you) and had a 1cm2 piece of cake each and have a sweet. The girls then left the boys to ‘dance’ to some music. It was more like a mosh pit and a mess of arms and legs flailing towards everyone, but they seemed to enjoy it.
Kate and I have also been preparing party games as Jen and Katie are coming to visit this weekend. Although half the boarders are going home this weekend as Saturday (1st May) is a holiday! Hopefully enough kids will still be here to make it worthwhile!
This Friday was also the day a horridly disturbing event which plagued Kate as she walked back from Thindaria. It involves a wild dog, a young boy with mental disabilities and thing’s that no-one should be allowed to do.
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