What a crazy month is has been! Education sector pre-service training is almost over and the group is doing really well. It has been so much fun to work with all the new trainees. They spent the first weeks on August in their training villages, vigerously studying the local languages. A number of them had birthdays in August, therefore I found myself treking to the transit house, where there is an oven, to bake a few birthday cakes for them. Of course, once the cakes were baked I had to cram them into my back pack and travel with them back to my own village (through two police check-points), then mount up on my bike and ride them to the training villages. Needless to say, it was a sweet ride every time (oho!!).
We eventually gave the trainees a break from village and took them up-country to visit Janjanbury Island. I spent my birthday bouncing around in a PC car, though I did have some cake that the trainees had managed to bake for me. We visited a summer training program for teachers on the island and took a boat trip down the river, where we saw hippos, baboons, and lots of amazing birds!
With model school over, I had a few days off at site. I managed to get my hands on a pair of goggles, which has allowed me to run down to the small bay by my village to do some ocean swimming. After each swim I typically run down the beach and watch the sun set, then turn around and run back towards home, where I can take a bucket bath and eat a bowl full of rice and fish with my host family.