At the moment a torrential storm is raging rain, thunder and lightning, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if the power goes off at any second. It has been a hot, sunny day with some cloud cover at times. I spent the morning at an 11 - 14 football tournament run by Globalteer for some of the local NGO boys. It is not the normal time for football but this is a new initiative and the guys were trying things out. The boys all played bare footed on hard earth and tough grass interspersed with cow pats, but a good time was had by all. There is only one half to the 7aside game of 10 mins because of the heat, but great endeavour was shown by all and some great skills, if only there was an opportunity and outlet for them. Most teams had managed to get a strip to help team spirit. As the. Kids played cows wandered and the ball often vanished into a horrible drainage type ditch, but nobody made a fuss about retrieving it. As many of the children do not know their age some teams did look a bit unbalanced size wise. G H children, mostly from mine and Pheyrom's class tried very hard and showed some skill, but unluckily were knocked out in the group stage. ABC's did well to reach the semi finals and then went out in a penalty shoot out. It was very hot watching, so I left after their game. This afternoon has been lazy and a slow walk about town where I bumped into Jay (N Z) so we decided to go and eat at Angkor Famous. For 3$ I had veg amok and two halves of Angkor beer plus we were given free pop corn and fruit salad for desert. A total of approx £1.80 and of good quality cooked freshly for you. It is very pleasant there as I have got to know the girls who work there over the years, so am treated well, which is more than they are by their Thai boss. I also bumped into Rattanah, a girl who moved on from there whilst I was here last year, she was so pleased to see me she threw her arms around me and then told me all her problems. She is working to keep a brother in education.
Yesterday's cycle ride was brilliant, but in excess of 40km in very bright sun and high temps. We cycled off roads through many villages, along muddy tracks, pushing bikes through deep water and mud and then we went into the Angkor Park, a back to avoid paying, through a crumbling gate into Bayon (Angkot Thom) and then we had to carry our bikes up a very arrow gully over tree roots to get to the top of the embankment surrounding the temple complex. The ride was along a very narrow track with a steep drop to a river on one side, then we had to clear fallen branches and trees, so great fun was had. The Khmer people are allayed concerned about Madame and continually tell me how strong and healthy I am! Goodness how old they think I am, but certainly their folk of my air are not like me. The group is one of ex pats, some vols others on yearly contracts, and then a Khmer from the company we rent the bikes from comes with us. I am thoroughly enjoying them and hope to go every week.
Tomorrow is Constitution Day, some projects are closed, but we're still working. Banks etc will be closed, schools haven't yet gone back after hols, so it won't be noticeably different.
I have been able download Apple's latest operating system and can do more on this than before, it seems as though I should be able to upload photos took,