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Wow – time flies!   (published in Philippines)

October 7, 2015 by   Comments(0)

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What just happened? Monday I realized that I only have three weeks left here in the Philippines. In one way I feel like I’ve been here for ages with all that I’ve experienced in such a short time, yet I also feel like I’ve just arrived here and I really do not want to leave yet!


In this post I’m going to talk more about the culture and the city I live in, Bogo City. First I’ll just catch up with the rest of the long weekend after going to Oslob, and also the last weekend where we went to Malapascua. For your information I expect that, like the other posts, this will be quite long. So now you are warned, that if you want to read everything, you might want to put aside a bit of time.


The last two weekends So I already told you about Bohol where we went swimming with whalesharks and about Mainit hot springs where we went afterwards. Here’s a quick picture of the whaleshark swimming! I'm on the right.



In the evening we took the bus back to Cebu City. We walked to a hotel near the southern bus terminal called GV Tower Hotel (GV an abbreviation for Great Value). They only had deluxe rooms available (meaning hot water, TV, your own terrace, and two single beds). We ended up staying there for two nights, from Friday to Sunday. On Saturday we went out to look at all the things there is to see in Cebu. We used a guide found online to get to the most interesting sites in Cebu, including San Pedro Fort, some churches, and a temple. In the evening we decided to go to Radisson Blu Hotel to have dinner at their buffet. The buffet was 1050 pesos which is very expensive for Filipino pricing – however it’s only around 150 DKK, so still cheap for a buffet including a huge variety of food, both western ...

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Wow – time flies!
Wow – time flies!

Los geht's...   (published in Sri Lanka)

October 7, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Heute ist der große Tag. Ich hatte mir vogenommen noch etwas zu schreiben bevor ich im Flugzeug sitze. In wenigen Stunden ist es soweit und meine Reise auf die andere Seite der Erde geht los. Schon irgendwie ein komisches Gefühl... Eigentlich sind es auch nur vier Monate, aber doch auch ein drittel Jahr. Natürlich freue ich mich unglaublich, aber dazu kommt die Ungewissheit. Was erwartet mich, wie wird der Flug (zehn Stunden fliegen...) und vor allem, ich werde verdunsten sobald ich aus dem Flughafengebäude trete! Dort ist es mindestens doppelt so warm wie hier in Deutschland! 

Ich werde mich bemühen von Zeit zu Zeit hier etwas zu schreiben und alle die es interessiert an meinem Aufenthalt in Sri Lanka teilhaben zu lassen. Jetzt stehen noch die allerletzten Vorbereitungen an, dann geht es los nach Frankfurt :)

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Los geht's...
Los geht's...

Tres Semanas Mas - Independence Day, National Park, and Paradise Beach.   (published in Costa Rica)

October 7, 2015 by   Comments(0)

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The past 3 weeks have flown by and I can't believe that I am almost half way through this awesome adventure!

The week after we'd been in Monteverde was really special in Costa Rica because Tuesday was the Independence Day (Día de la Independencia). Monday after school, Caro and I were invited by our teachers to participate in a torch run with a torch that runs all the way to Cartago in Costa Rica. We joined the run for about three kilometers before we jumped off. It was an amazing experience because it's an extremely important event for the Costaricans.

On Tuesday there were parades in every town in Costa Rica. I had been invited to see one in Belén, where I work, but my host sister, Fabi, was participating in the parade in Heredia, so I decided to go and see her with Emma, my host papá, and my youngest host siblings. It was a really nice day and the parades were incredibly large and impressive. The following weekend we spend back home in San Joaquin, but a few of us went to a pool nearby (Ojo de Agua) to tan and swim.

The following week was only four days, as me and 6 others took Friday off to go to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast. We arrived at 9 in the morning on Friday, where after we went to the beach. It was absolutely amazing with warm, blue water and white sand beaches. Sam, Emma, and I spent the day taking surfing lessons. It was really hard but a lot of fun, and I even got up standing seven times(!!!). The hard part consisted in bruises from the board and waves and massive sun burns on my bum (unfortunately for Sam it was all back of her legs)... In the night the seven of us met up with our surfing instructors to celebrate Fenjas birthday. It was an incredibly fun night with drinks, food, and dancing (Costa Rica ...

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Tres Semanas Mas - Independence Day, National Park, and Paradise Beach.
Tres Semanas Mas - Independence Day, National Park, and Paradise Beach.

Week 1   (published in Sri Lanka)

October 6, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Week 1

Na een etmaal durende reis kwam ik rond tien uur aan bij mijn ´host family´ in Panadura, een stadje ongeveer anderhalf uur gelegen van Colombo. Het afwisselen van de gloeiende hitte van Abu Dhabi (mijn tussenstop) en de ijskoude airco´s van het vliegtuig doet geen wonderen voor je gezondheid dus vandaar dat ik aankwam met een licht griepje.

Mijn host family bestaat uit Chandra mijn ´momma´, haar man en haar twee zoons. Ik woon op de bovenverdieping samen met zes (!) andere vrijwilligers. De eerste dag in Sri Lanka werd ik rondgewezen door Aruni, een ongelooflijk lieve vrouw en tegerlijkertijd pittige tante. Onze tuk tuk driver probeerde ons enorm af te zetten en nou is Aruni denk ik de laatste persoon bij wie je dit moet proberen. Ik kan van haar echt heel wat leren over assertiviteit.

Mijn tweede dag begon ik al met werk, lesgeven op een basisschool in Panadura genaamt ´Sri Parakruma Junior School´. Een huisgenootje van mij, Seon, werkte er al een maand dus het was echt ontzettend fijn dat zij mij kon laten zien hoe het er daar aan toe ging. Het was namelijk niet zo dat ik een heel schema had ontvangen met wat nou eigenlijk de bedoeling was. Eigenlijk wist ik totaal niet wat nou de bedoeling was. De kinderen waren vanaf dag 1 al geweldig. Vanaf het moment dat je aankomt op de school heb je letterlijk je handen vol. Ze willen namelijk allemaal of een high five, of een boks, of een pinky promise of alledrie. De eerste week had ik voornamelijk een ondersteunende rol. Teacher Ganga (de Engels docente) introduceert de les waarna ik vervolgens de kinderen help met het maken van hun opgaven. In het ´klaslokaal´wordt aan drie klassen tegerlijkertijd les gegeven (ik heb het hier over 90 kinderen!) dus om aan de ...

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Week 1
Week 1

On my way   (published in Nepal)

October 6, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Have some hours to spend in Abu Dhabi airport - not to be recommended for an R and R experience. 

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On my way
On my way

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