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Jan 4, 2012 - Last few days in Chetpet

And yes the tears have started already, was at a staff meeting on Tuesday and they were being too nice and I blubbed, its sooooo embarrassing but I cant help it, I tried to explain to them but they think I am a big baby. haha The wanted me to make a speech tomorrow but after my performance at the beginning of the week they have decided to let me off with saying anything and Masilamani is going to speak for me. I really need to sort myself out. Trying to pack and tidy up everything and I think I going round in circles - never mind it will...

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Jan 1, 2012 - Wishing everyone Good Health and Happiness in 2012

Hello I have been away for a week and have had lots to input so I am going to say a quick happy new year to everyone Its been a quiet one for me with no hangover ....... - went to one of the teachers houses today (Nancy) along with Kalai - it was a good day, but I am sure they are trying to finish me off with the amount of food they give you . Not sure how much more will be input on this when I get to Goa because I will need to find a internet connection, I am going to try and still keep notes of things I when I get the chance will update...

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Dec 31, 2011 - Hogmany

Arrived back yesterday after another long drive in the pouring rain and there was lots of damage on the road on the way back, houses and trees and lorries blown over and on the road, lots of water everywhere, it was not until I got back and read the paper that there had been a cyclone (Thane) on the east coast near Chennai and this must have been the edge of its path that we had driven through. Glad to be back safe. Quiet day today just trying to get my head round the fact its New Year and in a week I will be not be here, very strange...

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Dec 25, 2011 - Christmas Day

I went to Delphina's house today, she came to collect me at 8AM.... and we got the bus to her village, we stopped off in the village square to say hello to people then walked back to her house. She lives in the country and its really peaceful, I will put some photos up of the day because it was totally different. When I got there we had cake and drinks, then had some chapatis then some more snacks. Her family usually cook a big pot of chicken biryani and give some to the locals and family members for their dinner, they don't have much but...

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Dec 24, 2011 - Christmas celebrations at the school

We had Christmas and new year celebrations at the school today, with the children doing various dances, we have a nativity scene which looks really nice too. I had my Christmas sari on today (I did feel a bit like a trussed up turkey) but I think you just have to get used to wearing one. I took lots of photos of everyone and they are all wanting them developed, I have said that I will probably not have time before I leave so will need to post them to the school when I get back to the UK. Felt emotional today, I think because everyone was...

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Dec 21, 2011 - Wishing everyone a happy Christmas

Hello another busy start to the week, getting exams finished and getting ready for Christmas, as its all religions in the school they tend to mark each different anniversary and so because of that Christmas is recognized. My culinary skills have not really amounted to much over the last few months I did get a recipe from Kalpana so will attempt that when I get back but its all been pretty basic stuff I have been eating, also because everyone has been feeding me...... I have made a couple of pots of potato soup believe it or not, the fruit...

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Dec 18, 2011 - Another busy week

Hello its been another busy week here in Chetpet, school as normal and then trying to organise my wee trip away in between christmas and new year, so finally managed to get all the hotels booked on Friday night and just need to keep my fingers crossed that they are ok when I get to them, it takes ages to look in the internet for hotels and reviews etc. Trying to see a bit of south India before I head to Goa, so that should be good. (will update you once I have been) At the school for christmas then head off on my little journey on the...

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Dec 13, 2011 - Where has the time gone.....

The last week has been so busy and I am sure the time is going quicker now than it did before. I still cant believe its Christmas in under two weeks, its just not cold enough haha. Although some of the wee shops do have Christmas stars and some decorations in - the christian/Catholic people in India put up a star outside their house at Christmas with a light inside it, they come in all colours and sizes and look very pretty. Last week was also a local festival and in the evening for 3 days all the houses put out their equivalent of little...

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Dec 6, 2011 - Beginning of Dec and Outing

First Christmas star goes up at the school this week, they put one up every week until Christmas. Helped with a few things the teachers had to do and classes as usual, been a bit lazy myself filling this in (I don't know where the time goes) anyway here I am, today is a Muslim holiday so no school. Sunday - took the teachers/staff on a wee trip, it was really good, we went to Gingee (the Kings Fort), Sathanoor Dam and then Tiruvannamalai (the temple and the ashram) So Gingee is a historical place where there are two forts (king and queen)...

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Nov 30, 2011 - Last day of November .......

Cant believe its going to be December tomorrow, I have been here for 2 months, its amazing how the time goes by without you noticing sometimes. I know its getting colder in UK but I am glad you are not suffering at home like last years snow at this time. Its still hot here but not as much because we have had more rain over the weekend and the last few days, this does not help my washing situation. I now have a wee pile built up and might be forced to do some tonight. Tired today because next door is building a house (now completed) and...

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Nov 28, 2011 - Weekend

Hello a quieter few days than I have had over the last week which was ok, just chilled out at the weekend and nothing really to report. Read a couple of books, did some washing and went into the market/town and got caught in the rain on Saturday afternoon, really heavy so the man I buy my water from let me shelter until it had calmed down a bit which was good. Its funny how you end up going to the same wee shops and if you don't they really notice and question where you have been lol. My fruit stall man saw me at another fruit stall with...

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Nov 24, 2011 - Road Journey

Masilamani and I went to Chennai today to meet with a man from Macmillan Publishers about some books for the school. Not just today but traveling on the roads in general a little incite, what can I say about the indian roads and drivers, well you know how men don't ask for directions as a rule, indian men and directions is a whole new level, they do ask directions (5 times) but choose to ignore them are do their own thing anyway. And the only difference between single and dual roads is the surface it appears they all do what they want...

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