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The Blackout

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A week has passed full of teaching and preparation. It has not been a walk in the park, as you can see from Noel's entry, but it has been rewarding to date. We definitely are feeling more relaxed, more in tune with the community and just a bit more like a local. We went to our weekly market this morning. Its where we buy our fruit and breakfast (rice coconut fried balls!). There is lots to buy from fresh fruit and veg to guts and tongues and clothes. Have a browse.........

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Anyhow, this week we were excited to have a Canadian come and stay at the school just for 2 nights. The excitement was because Noel and I were desperate to have a face-to-face conversation with someone who could speak English! His name was Daniel and was utilizing free flight access to travel around the world and connect with different people and cultures.

So, Daniel arrived and yes, it was a joy to actually speak English. It is so tiring to try and communicate using a dictionary and sign language. Thank goodness for Google Translator! On the last night of Daniels stay we experienced "The Blackout". Power was lost to the entire school. Luckily Mr Boss is always on site as are the student teachers.

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Previously, Noel and I had seen all these antique lanterns from the war era and wondered why Mr Boss had them. Maybe a collector? Well, we soon realized it was for times like these. Out they came, lighting fluid, lids, old rags and so on were spread out in....THE TEACHERS OFFICE WITH NOT MUCH VENTILATION ON THE WOODEN TABLE!!!

Now bear in mind these are from WWII at least. The were old fashioned pump oil up a coal spout that then lights the lamp material thing. So there Mr Boss is, pumping these things, flames were soaring out, oil leaking all over the place but nothing was a concern. Honestly, it was so dangerous but hey, its Thailand. I thought, "why not just get stuck in", so that's what I did. Here is the proof, and yes, I managed to light them with Mr Boss.

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Following the lanterns being lit Mr Boss then decided to get the red wine reserve out, raid the music room and have a sing song in Thai. It was so much fun! One of the best nights of my life trying to learn the song about an elephant and then another about a crab. I have a video of Mr Boss singing another Thai song which I will upload and put the link on. It really is worth a click.

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Posted by olivercbeck 20:51 Archived in Thailand

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