This morning I helped a learner fill out their college application form and was surprised but pleased to receive what I think was a genuine thank you from them at the end of the day. In the afternoon the learners watched the first half of 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' which is an interesting film about the Irish War of Indepence and the Irish Civil War but did not hold their attention as well as 'Crash'. In the evening we went for the second time to African drumming and found ourselves significantly behind the others. Finally Gulnara and I sat down at the end of the day to evaluate our GCD which went pretty well if I do say so myself.
As tomorrow April 25th is World Malaria Day, Sarah and Olga chose to conduct their GCD on that very topic. We learnt the following facts:
Saturday 25th April
Got up comparatively late today, it was 9:30am! Missing the walk from Bishops Stortford to Sawbridgeworth as I had planned. After a little lunch I headed into town to use the library internet facilities and do a little shopping. I decided to stock up on toiletries and had to break out my bank card for the first time having exhusted my £15 a week allowance. I had fun trying on various dresses in the highstreet stores, looking for sewing inspiration and what did and didn't suit me (note to self: Tulip shapes and anything that clings at the thighs is not good!). I caught the bus to Bishops Stortford with Aigera for our Russian themed party (why it was Russian themed and not Kazakh I don't know). I did not find traditional Russian party food as appetising as English, consisting mostly of potato, onions, fish and gherkins. However the party was quite a success with music, dancing, party games (often involving blindfolds!) and enough vodka to go around. Although finishing at 11pm it was hardly wild and most, including myself, kept a good check on their vodka intake.
Toasting, Russian/Kazakh style
Sunday 26th April
Got up at 10am today, jealous of Gulnara who managed to sleep until midday, and chatted to Ilma before she went out. In the afternoon a small group of us headed to Pet's Corner in Harlow park where Gulnara got spat on by a lama and splashed with mud by a rouge duck.