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Day 70 ( 14th Feb) It is Valentine’s Day with flowers covering the street. In my tiny little town on the coast of New Zealand you never really notice it is Valentine’s Day but here in the heart of the city Phonm Phen in Cambodia, and street stalls being a huge part of their culture, it is quite clear that it’s Valentines today. Massive teddy bears are sold on each corner, red roses, bouquets - it looks so beautiful and for once the street smell is not too bad.
My wake-up call is at 6:30 with me needing to be downstairs at 7:00 to take a children's class. I pulled myself out of bed, woke Ming up and we both reluctantly made ourselves go downstairs. The kids were already waiting once I reached the bottom level will with big eyes looking up at me. I introduced myself and wrote my name on the board but they still just called me “teacher” whenever they had a question like in all my other classes. I read a story and after every sentence Ming (Rotana) would translate into Khmer. After I explained the meaning of the story which was about helping others. I got out the colouring in pencils and they coloured for a couple of minutes before the second half of the lesson were I taught them English. 9:00 and the lesson came to a close and it was time for me to go to church.
After church I met the girls at a coffee shop called Browns Coffee. I ordered a Chocolate frappe of course and a muffin for later. Took a Tuk tuk back to the house for lunch which was ready when we got back. It was a quiet afternoon but sad with one of the girls Carolyn leaving, we said goodbye to her and the girls took her to the airport.
For dinner we took a tuk tuk to the night market which I was super excited for, as I am now obsessed with markets. We arrived and it was packed! So many people. They had performers and stages and live music all for Valentine’s Day. I got a curry that was amazing. The flavours were amazing and all for only $1.50 US, for drink as always I got a mango fruit shake which I will definitely miss when I have to leave. Instead of seats and tables there are big mats laid out in the centre of the market for each group to sit in a circle cross legged. A tip for next time - do not wear a dress to a market where you will have to sit on the floor. Back to the house were us girls watched a movie and all fell asleep before we even got to the end so I better be off the bed. Night.
xx Kirsty Claire xx