Some friends took me swimming in a nice, quiet, clean(ish) ricefield. Anna had prepared a very tasty barbecue.
|Swimming in a ricefield|
The centre of Sisophon is fairly developed. Some of the roads are quite good and not too busy on a Sunday.
|Exercise to music in the park|
The Watika (park) is very lively at weekends with exercise sessions, fairground rides, loud music and food stalls.
On the other side of the river however it's a different story. The main bridge is next to the college where I work.
|These kids spend their time collecting plastic bottles and cans for recycling.|
|Traffic hazards include cattle, goats, chickens and, when it rains, frogs!|
|The lotus flower raises its lovely head above the dirty water|
Not all the views are beautiful. Poor people live along the riverbank making their living by fishing. Their homes are in a very poor state of repair, suffering annually from flooding. You will still always see them smiling though.
Last weekend, Japanese volunteers hosted a range of Japanese cultural activities from Aikido to origami at the local University. I dressed in Japanese costume and had a lesson in Japanese writing. I have two Japanese colleagues at PTTC.
Finally, if I stay at home, my neighbours children like to pay a visit and do some drawing or colouring. They were initially quite wild but have settled down. My khmer teacher provided me with all the right vocabulary 'Please play nicely in my house' :-)
|Drawing and colouring|
|On that day the crash helmet was firmly fixed to his head!!!|