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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 - Out to dinner

Forgot to mention in the Sunday bit that I met the priest, Father Steven, and today he rang up and invited me for dinner tonight, he was inviting some other 'foreign' people that are also in chetpet. So off I went for dinner and it turned out he had a German man living with him for pastoral experience and there was also another two German girls from the hospital up the road. Cant remember if I have said already but there is a hospital that was originally set up by two German sisters to treat leprosy and now it is more of a general hospital...

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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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Nov 24, 2011 - Monday/Tuesday

Off to school this morning and the children have mid term tests this week so every morning there is a lot of organizing and getting them all set with there clipboards and test sheets. The tests are every morning this week and school as usual in the afternoon. While they were meant to be sleeping after lunch, but some don't I was sitting with some of the wee bit older children and they come and talk to you, they all say to me 'how are you' and then I say fine and ask how they are (its cute cause they are so precise about saying it in...

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Nov 24, 2011 - Sunday

Hello - up early this morning to go to church with Eleceea (one of the teachers) I get the feeling church is there equivalent of going out (not the drinking bit) but the social occasion with all the family, after mass we met up with another 3 people from school and I saw some of the children there too. Nancy (another teacher) then invited me to her house so we went there for some juice and biscuits which was good and it was her brothers birthday so a couple of his friends were there and we had some sweeties. Back to the flat and did some...

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Nov 19, 2011 - School Trip 17th

What a day that was, up early and had no water so luckily I had followed the locals advice and kept my bucket filled with some water (I realise now why they say to do that) so instead of a shower it was a quick wash from the bucket and some baby wipes haha. The children and parents were gathering downstairs when I went down and then the two mini buses arrived and off we went. Unfortunately a little way into the journey my good old gastric issues started to play up (I have been ok for months) and I had to stop the bus because I felt sick...

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Nov 16, 2011 - Monday - childrens day / Tues/Wed

Back to school on Monday but a day with a difference - it was childrens day so there was a special function at the school and some of the children did dances, songs and rhymes and all dressed up. In all 27 children and 1 parent took part and it was really good, everyone made a lot of effort and there was a lot of preparation the week before. The parents all came along in the morning to watch and we finished around lunch time and had the rest of the day off. After school we all went to Kalpana's house for some juice and she told me that I...

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Nov 9, 2011 - Weekend off

Hi I am off to the coast tomorrow to visit Pondicherry so that should be nice, hopefully. Been busy at school too this week, along with all the usual lessons they are preparing for Childrens day which is on Monday so its going to be a special day of celebrations. The children have been practising dancing and rhymes so it should be a good day. Also next week we are hoping to do a school trip so just waiting to see how many of the children and parents are going to come along to that. Keep sending your messages please and thanks to all that...

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Nov 7, 2011 - Monday and wedding in Vellore

Set my alarm for 3 AM - what a nightmare but because Indian weddings go on for two days we were going to the morning ceremony and breakfast. So set off at roughly 4.30 all the teachers dressed in their good saris and I had my new salwar kameez on. Got there to see them being married, they were up on a stage with a sort of frame round them and lots of chanting, music, people round about them. After they were married you all go up and give your gifts then we went through and were given our breakfast (on a banana leaf) (I have more photos on...

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Nov 7, 2011 - Sunday

A very busy Sunday for me this week: On the first Sunday of every month the school welcomes leprosy victims in the morning for something to eat and a small donation to them, this has been going on for a while now. Masilamani the school superintendent has been involved in The Society for the Welfare and Awareness of Poor and Leprosy Affected People, (SWAPLAP) for a number of years (all the details about how he got involved in the school are on the website (for those you would like to read about it and the school)...

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Nov 5, 2011 - Weekend

Hello its been a busy few days - not quite sure what doing but its been busy lol. I should be doing my washing at the moment but thought I would come and do this instead, don't like doing my washing. I have been looking into going away to the coast for a couple of days so hopefully that will be this week. Also you'll never guess what I am doing tomorrow ........ going to a wedding - one of the old teachers is getting married and came to the school with invites and I got one too, which was really good of her considering she does not even...

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