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Nu er vi landet i Amsterdam lufthavn. Vi har sammenlang tilbragt 30 timer i luften! Ikke noget at sige til at vi er ved at være trætte af den siddende stilling. Heldigvis er turene gået godt, og kun med en smule turbulens undervejs.
Vores eneste udfordring var dog da vi efter lang tids venten på vores kufferter i Sydney stod tilbage som de sidste uden at have set skyggen af kufferterne før båndet pludselig stoppede med at køre. Shit, panikken havde nær bredt sig! Men efter snakken med flere medarbejdere dernede, finder vi ud af at vores kufferter helt ufarligt allerede var på vej over i det næste fly videre mod Abu Dhabi, som vi blot ikke var blevet informeret om ved check-in. Puha, de var altså ikke gået i stykker undervejs (det skal lige siges at Pernilles kuffert måtte tapes, da det ene hjul gik i stykker på vej til Samoa) eller blevet stjålet! Ro i maven igen!
Nu venter turen hjem mod Danmark.
Oh my is it really only 15 sleeps to go?? Well I'm packed! My children can't believe I have packed already, however there is method behind my madness and that is the dreadful weather over here on the Isle of Man at the moment. Like lots of woman I' m sure, I have a Summer & Winter wardrobe!! So I've sorted out my Summer one - charity, Fiji or under the bed (2nd wardrobe!). Now I have a case floating around my bedroom all ready to go and a wardrobe ready for the Isle of Man Winter when I get back! However there is only one problem, my case is full & I've yet to go through my resources in the garage, so inevitably I will unpack & repack again! Just need a window of opportunity with no rain so that I can get stuff out of the garage onto the drive! Easy you say but as it's Manx Grand Prix we are bound for endless rain!!
Projects Abroad UK have tweeted me a great link to packing and there were a few things I had missed so I'm glad I've got that resource.
Going to make the most of my last few days spending time with the family and no doubt writing endless lists and trying hard not to get in a blind panic over everything.
Really excited about my trip in my own 'Laura' way. For those of you who know me really well I don't show great excitement over anything but just calmly get on with it. Will be happy once the flights are over and I set foot on Fijian land, how exciting!!!!
The last week at Thuy An was challenging for all of us volunteers. It's hard to commit to the project enough to care, but not get over-involved emotionally, leaving ourselves (and the children) in bits when we leave. I've coped by hitting the database and tidying it up (frustrated ex-librarian persona made a re-appearance). It also helps that some of the volunteers will be staying on for a few more weeks, so we have a chance for some kind of hand-over and the children get some continuity.
I've bought some examples of the handicrafts made at the hospital - they try to equip the children/adults with some way of earning a living in the outside world. This lady has been at the hospital for 40 years ....
Having bid a fond farewell to Thuy An, I've done a bit more exploring in Hanoi, including a visit to the museum of the Hoa Lo prison, sarcastically nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton" by American prisoners of war. That was quite a chilling experience, and my first sight of a guillotine, which was in use as recently as the 1950's, plus photographs of the results of using same.
Through one of my university lecturers I was put in touch with a couple of the senior staff at Viet Duc hospital, the main surgical hospital in Hanoi if not the whole of Vietnam. "Proper" hospitals in Vietnam are few and far between: if you are taken ill or have an accident in a rural area, you are, basically, stuffed. I had a very interesting morning being shown around the hospital, including the A&E department, and their flagship organ transplant ward. I attach a photo, partly to show the relative sizes of the Vietnamese people - I look ENORMOUS!!
My only ambition as a tourist was to see the famous Ha Long Bay, so I booked a 2 day trip (one night to be spent on a junk in the bay). It ...
AND THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! Flying out in 12 days for a 2 week Nutrition Internship to the ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL island of Samoa! OH. MY. WORD. So looking forward to meeting the Project Abroad Team, the other volunteers and doing our bit to help out and make a difference!
Can scarce believe time is flying so fast ...
Busy rushing aorund with last minute prep and trying NOT to freak out about not overpacking, loosing my passport, or missing my flight .... :O
Which are 3 of the 100 items on the list of "Things Not To Freak Out About" ... haha.
Well, Tofa for now :)
My first week in Romania has already come and gone. I don't like that it's going this fast… Actually, it's kind of freaking me out. But it has been a really good week.
I am doing two placements: the first is actually 45 minutes away from Brasov (remember the thing last time about using imagination for the curly s thing) in a town called Prejmer. It's not drama or film really: it's more of a care placement. I've been trying to do some drama stuff with them, but it isn't working out all that well… I think I need to just be with the kids and play with them. The head of the organization wants me to film a promo video for them, so I have been grabbing some footage… problem is, I can't show any of the kids' faces (except for the older teenagers). It's a challenge, but I can do it.
I absolutely love the second placement. I am teaching two high school students how to write and develop a video. I was hoping for more students, but we can definitely do something… maybe not a full project, but we can do a character profile. This one is right up my ally, and one of the girls said, "This is really amazing for me!" If there's one thing I love talking about it's character. Of course, this is the placement that only meets for two hours and we only have four days left.
Everything is good at the host family… me and a vet volunteer from Hungaria basically share an entire house, while Athena lives in an adjacent house. But she comes and checks on us often… she is really sweet.
This weekend I went to Cluj-Napoca. Anyone who knows me knows that I am huge Nicolae Bretan fanboy, and Cluj was his city. I toured the center, the central park, and the Hoia Baciu Forest, at night. The supposedly most haunted forest in the world has nothing really odd or ...