CAMBODIA BLOG DAY FIVE: 23rd May 2013
We’ve settled in really well now. I have a resident Gecko that keeps me up at night croaking!
All the volunteers are working really well together. On Tuesday Andrew (another Pod volunteer) and I started rebuilding one of the playhouse roofs at the orphanage, it’s fun as we only have bamboo, wire for binding, nails, a hammer and a machete; Got some serious sunburn!
We got a Tuk Tuk (motorbike with a carriage attached) to a school called Little Po. I take a class of around 14-20 children, it’s a beautiful school as its based around a gorgeous temple that you can’t see until you’re deep in the village. Things hit home when the kids are so appreciative of what we are doing and there’s such a quick bond, they’re absolutely fantastic, so happy and well mannered…
In other news, yesterday I took a late night bicycle journey to the local lakeside market of food stalls. Little did I know the dogs are vicious and territorial at night – I got chased by a pack of 4 and my bike was broken, buckled and rusty – very scary and only just got away. It’s sets into reality how careful you have to be. Fortunately Andrew and I have been given access to a motorbike, which is lovely to drive around as long as I remember to keep to the right!
There was a power cut in half of Cambodia and we were told it was due to Vietnam cutting their supply, so it makes you appreciate what we have back home and how independent we can be as a country.
This evening another bicycle broke on me on the way home from the orphanage and I had to lift it on my shoulders while balancing on the back of a motorbike to get back, it wasn’t too much fun.
I’ve attached photos of a Tuk Tuk, the orphanage, our bamboo roof project and my resident gecko that keeps me up at night with his croaking.