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Tiden går så stærkt hernede. Nu er der kun en uges tid tilbage, så lander jeg i Danmark igen. Heldigvis oplever jeg en masse spændende hernede, som jeg kan tage med hjem i bagagen. Siden sidst har jeg lavet følgende:
• Tirsdag blev tilbragt på hospitalet, hvor jeg foretog mig meget af det samme, som jeg plejer. Jeg blev dog ret uventet bidt af en kat, som ikke var så glad for at få sprøjter. Samtidig tog vi tests på en kat, som lignede vores gamle kat Bianca på en prik, så der blev jeg lige lidt vemodig!
• To andre frivillige er flyttet ind hos os. Den første flyttede ind mandag. Hun kommer fra Gabon, og taler kun fransk. Så Elodie og hende taler fransk sammen hele tiden, og hun bruger Elodie som tolk, hvis jeg skal kommunikere med hende. Der er også netop flyttet en tysk pige ind, som har været her længe, men blot har skiftet host familie og projekt.
• Fundet ud af, at fransk er mit absolutte hadesprog, stærkt efterfulgt af hollandsk! Og takket være mine franske roommates, er jeg tvangsindlagt til at lytte på fransk hver dag. Og da der også er mange hollandske frivillige hernede, slipper jeg heller ikke for deres trælse sprog.
• Hørt en meget velkendt sang fra en bil, der passerede på gåturen hjem fra arbejde. Det går op for mig, at det er Medina med Gutter. Så danske Medina er åbenbart også et hit her. Ligesom svenske Miike Snow og Lykke-Li er det. Derudover er det musik, de hører her mest amerikansk pop-musik og skøre afrikanske rytmer. En noget blandet cocktail.
• Fået ordre om at købe mælk til en ...
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19-year-old Nanna Teglbjærg from Tølløse in Denmark decided to volunteer with Projects Abroad during her Gap Year. After working as a care-giver for the disabled after finishing high school and knowing that she wanted to study midwifery at university, she chose to enroll in the medical program where she would gain some experience and also do something worthwhile at the same time.
Placed at Nakuru Nursing Home’s maternity department, Nanna had her hands full throughout her 4 month volunteering adventure in Kenya. The facility receives a lot of patients each day and given that the hospital staff cannot handle the huge number of patients the presence of volunteers is a huge help. “Patients can wait almost the whole day before being attended to, volunteers go a very long way in making sure these patients are served and directed to the right department.”
Besides making beds, washing and weighing the newborns, giving prescribed medicine, writing reports and going around the wards in the effort of ensuring that the patients are okay, Nanna even had the opportunity to help women deliver their babies. “It was a bit difficult for the first few days but after attending several deliveries I got used to it, the mothers are also very strong given that they do not take painkillers and they get through the whole child delivery process with the absence of their partners.”
Her work routine is the same as that of the nurses, a rare advantage that she has achieved by gaining their trust through hard work and paying attention. Working in another cultural setting has also been an advantage to her; “Unlike at home the facilities here are very different especially the infrastructure and the work routine. With the good facilities ...
'Hello! Hello! English teacher!' Walking into Ziluolan School is enough to make anyone feel like a celebrity, especially if there's a camera about... All hell breaks loose as kids shove, push and do the infamous peace sign!
If you arrive during lessons all you can hear is children chanting. They like doing that here. When you ask a question you don't get an answer you get 47 children repeating the question back to you! If you arrive at lunchtime, you'll see children running around everywhere. There are always queues to use the ping-pong tables...even when it’s raining! All of the children have chores to do. They empty the bins, wash the windows and sweep the floors. We could use their help in the flat!
There are about 1200 kids in the main school plus another 300 in kindergarten. The school has eight grades which are divided into several classes depending on ability. I was teaching 10 - 12 year olds in Grade 4. They really don't know very much English but they're so enthusiastic. They're always bouncing around the place. It can be a similar sight in the staffroom on cold days as volunteers do a few star jumps to keep warm...one of the downsides of not having heating!
I have loved my time at Ziluolan. All the kids and teachers have been so friendly and welcoming. I've learnt just as much from them as they have from me. The only problem is that there are now several classes of children that speak English with a very strange Chinese/Irish accent!
"Lanzhou Beef Noodles" is one of the most common dishes in Lanzhou. Visitors can see it at every corner of the city and it has become a part of the local people's life. Today small restaurants serving Lanzhou Beef Noodles can be found at almost every Chinese city. I've included a basic recipe for those who are interested.
Ingredients:6 cups pastry flour1 cup enriched flour3 cups warm water, or as needed2 teaspoons sesame oil1 teaspoon saltseveral minced scallionseveral pieces of cooked beef
Preparation:1. In a large bowl, combine the pastry flour and the enriched flour. Slowly stir in 3 cups of the water. Add as much of the remaining 1/2 cup water as you need to form a smooth dough (add more than 3 1/2 cups if necessary).2. Knead vigorously to soften the dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 30 minutes. Knead the dough for another 5 minutes.3. To make the noodles, roll the dough into a long cylinder. Rub sesame oil over. Grab both ends of the dough. Twist the dough, and then pull it out, stretching your arms apart. Fold the dough in half. Continue stretching and folding the dough until it forms fine noodles.
Cooking:1. Boil the noodles in the water for 5 minutes.2. Keep noodle soup in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt and minced scallion in the noodle soup and stir it for seconds.3. Finally, put the boiled noodles and cooked beef pieces in the noodle soup.