Posted on 6:31am Saturday 7th November 2009
I am now back in Siem Reap, arriving back from the road trip in time for the local festival of Bon Om Touk, the water festival celebrating the reversal of the tides on the lake. Always timed around a full moon, it is a time of great celebration matched with a full four day bank holiday. We could learn a thing or two here.
Posted on 4:11pm Tuesday 13th October 2009
Back to head office this morning for my first morning back, having been working from my hotel for the last fortnight, only to find a new resident has moved in. A rather unfriendly one foot long snake fast asleep amongst our files. Not a hazard I face every day in Brighton it must be said. A local managed to deal with the problem whilst we did what most sensible people do under these circumstances and beat a hasty retreat.
Posted on 1:28am Wednesday 7th October 2009
Well the water is going down (slowly) and things are returning to normal in Siem Reap. We hope to get back into the Orphanage by the end of the week, but we are still currently in one of the worst effected areas in town.
Posted on 7:14am Saturday 3rd October 2009
Fallout of Ketsana in Siem Reap
Posted on 10:24am Thursday 24th September 2009
Packing Day, and at least I've have managed to assign myself a full day to ensure I have everything I need. Sadly, despite performing various exercises on weight scales etc. I am still around 10% over my allowance. After having packed and repacked I managed to end up with even more essential stuff, and have now finally decided to throw myself on the mercy of Singapore Airlines.
Posted on 6:45pm Tuesday 1st September 2009
Catherine Tate has a very unlikeable character called Geordie Georgie who has a daily bizarre charity to raise money for. It is the same in our office where hardly a day goes by without some sponsorship appeal or other arriving in my inbox. (I have a limit of one donation a week,) So when it comes to my turn to elicit some fundraising I know I have at least got to have a decent ‘hook’ or idea to capture attention.
Posted on 1:51pm Tuesday 25th August 2009
Been a while since my last blog and quite a lot has happened in the time elapsed…
Posted on 6:26pm Monday 3rd August 2009
So it’s been nearly a month since I arrived in India, and I think I am beginning to settle into life here. I’d like to say I’m picking up the lingo… and it’s not like the children here aren’t eager to teach me, it’s just I’m very bad at languages anyway. My failure to remember what they teach me is met with grave faces of disappointment. I find their names hard enough to remember anyway.
Posted on 2:11pm Monday 20th July 2009
So the orientation week came to a close and the seven of us volunteers went off in our different directions into India. The week in Pondi finished with visits to various Indian NGOs, including the Anul Ashram, an HIV/Aids orphanage looked after by Father Dominic – by far the most interesting person I have ever met. He told us the history of the Ashram, and his past volunteering experience (as well as the odd anecdote involving Mother Teresa!).
Posted on 6:02pm Tuesday 7th July 2009
Over the next 5 months I will be ‘touring’ India. I write this from a heavily air conditioned internet café on Mahatma Gandhi high street in Pondicherry (Pondi) in South East India. I flew into Chennai (250kms north of Pondi) from London, where I spent 1 day before heading south to Pondicherry.