Julia Roberts/Angelina Jolie - not quite sure....
Siem Reap, Cambodia
So, I have walked in Angelina's footsteps when she filmed Tomb Raider (one of the temples near here) and eaten in the cafe she dined in whilst filming (also drank a cocktail they named after her) BUT I've now also done the things Julia Roberts did in Eat, Pray, Love- I have certainly eaten my way around the countries I have been in and tried all the local dishes but now I have also now been to a meditation class (how weird is that!?) my colleagues may see a different person on my return to the office as I have now found inner peace - (hmmm not sure if it will last that long- probably until the first vendor bugs me then I'll probably revert to my old cursing and reactive self!!) The meditation was actually quite good - there was just two of us with the instructor and it wasnt at all airy fairy - I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep - wondered if I could disappear off to the ladies toilet at work to meditate, when people are irritating me but think I would probably end up spending the whole day in there!! Had a message from a work colleague (yes, Fiona - its you) about meetings with vendors and it gave me a mini panic attack :). So, back to my attempt to be Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love - I do cycle to school every day and have done the rest, but as for the love bit, sorry no gossip there, but didnt need to find that here anyway :). First day of school was good, although I was in class myself for the morning as the other 'kindy' volunteers have gone home - was pretty hectic on my own with a bleeding toe to the clinic, washing and drying hands and collecting the snacks, tears and separating fights, but I managed. In the afternoon, I got a new volunteer, an 18 year old Ozzie boy, he seemed a bit freaked out by the kindy kids, but settled down well by the time we got our teenagers in the evening. They were all totally excited to see him (he's blonde and a bonny loon) - the girls were all flirty and the boys were just looking on with a look of distain - ha ha - teenagers, they dont change the world over! Feel like we are making progress in school, we bought some disintefectant, bowls, soap and towels for our class, so we now wash and dry their hands before their snack every day. The kids seem quite surprised that we help to dry their hands, but they seem to like it, so thats good. We have also bought tissues and cleaner for the desks and chairs, so at least our kindy class is pretty clean now. The Khymer teacher is doing her best to teach them about good personal hygiene and talks to them most day about washing their clothes and cleaning their teeth (they all got new toothbrushes last week). She seems to struggle with the smells more than me so think I will get her an air freshener for the room to cheer her up! This is my first night of having dinner alone in the guesthouse - everyone else has gone out before I got back. I spent too long gassing to the teacher and missed them all - so you see I havent changed at all!!:) Thanks for the messages - they are great xxxxx