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I have named today “Fail Day”. We woke up and it was raining. We got to the train station and the train was delayed. We sat waiting for the train and hail began. Then thunder and lightning. We made it to Cape Town, got in the minibus, and missed our stop. Then phoned the waterfront to find that our tour to Robben Island was cancelled. We went to get our money back and they refused to give us cash (Brian turned scary and they agreed to give it to us on Monday). So we walked back to the station and had to wait 50 minutes for a train. On the train there was a guy with a music box and microphone singing some truly awful songs, and was about a semitone flat most of the way through, physically painful. We are not sitting in the living room with duvets/blankets, thick socks and tea. Not planning on moving until dinner. So a short account of the day but you get the idea…
Woke up this morning to discover I actually got some colour at the beach yesterday J yes the colour is pink not brown but I am still calling that a success!
Had the most amazing day today – started off in the centre of Cape Town shopping. For about 4 hours. Much money was spent. Although the good news is I’m getting slightly better at haggling J. The first item I got a grand total of R5 off (less than 50p) but with the help of Valerie we got much better deals in other markets.
We finished shopping at about 3:30 so we decided to head over to the restaurant for mine and Valerie’s leaving dinner. We chose a place called “Noon Gun Tea Room and Restaurant” which is on Signal Hill so there was a good chance of amazing views. On the way over I heard some South Africans talking and realized I can now understand when they are speaking Xhosa yay! I got Leslie a Xhosa phrasebook as a joke thank you gift and attempted to say something but failed spectacularly – it’s the clicks I can’t even try to do! Anyway we got to the restaurant and found out it only opened at 7:00. So in a moment of spontaneity we decided to walk to the top of Signal Hill. With our shopping.
It sis take an adventure to find the path! We first walked up to the viewpoint and sat looking out over Robben Island for a bit, then found some abandoned buildings which looked like prison cells. Found out from Lecia later that it is the place where they shoot the Noon Gun every day. We then started walking up the hill and realized we were on the wrong side of a rather tall fence with barbed wire at the top, hmmm. So we walked back down to go through the fence and up again! But we still couldn’t fins the path grrr. We were in what looked like someone’s back ...
Happy National Women’s Day? I think not… After a lazy morning we headed to Muizenberg Beach. It was beautiful there and a few very pretty clouds in the sky. We picked our spot on the sand and began attempting to tan (I know I shouldn’t even bother). After a couple of minutes Valerie just said “Oh my god” – we looked up to see a wave coming towards us :/ so we grabbed everything and ran for it (but not before my camera fell in some water). Luckily my camera survived the ordeal without any damage yay! However at that point Brian dropped his in the sand, and it didn’t recover. Great start to the day! So whilst Brian was trying to fix his camera, me and Valerie built a sand castle (which ended up as a pile of sand with a sand-mouse sitting on it – Muizenberg translated means Mouse Mountain), wrote our names in the sand and played naughts and crosses in the sand – standard. Also went for a nice stroll along the beach and took some awesome photos.
We then went on the search for shops but couldn’t find any at all, so ended up walking to Kalk Bay (which is two stations away from Muizenberg), but still was a nice walk. We ended up waiting for the train for about 25 minutes, and it was getting quite cold bu this point so we stated playing random games at the station :P On the way back I made the mistake of lending Brian my camera, some interesting photos came out of it!
Jikke and Davina cooked dinner tonight, very nom! and we are now swapping photos so we all have full sets.
Best. Day. Ever! Started with the Junior assembly – I was accompanying them for the school songs. As they were going out Ingrid asked if I would play something, and of course the first thing I thought of was Einaudi :P So I was just playing through that for a bit, with occasional teachers coming to compliment me (really funny that Einaudi impresses everyone so much as it’s one of the easiest pieces I know!).
So after the assembly I just relaxed in the sun for bit – such a beautiful day – until a Grade 5 class came in asking about whether they had music today or not. I took them into the hall and did some singing with them, sent some kids out as they were constantly trying to show off, and then in the last 5 minutes I bit the bullet and asked what they wanted to do :/ They all started singing this song that I didn’t know, but seemed really into it, so I got them to start again but to move around and interact with each other. Best decision I ever made J They were clapping, dancing (some moon-walking), hi-fiving each other and singing really enthusiastically! After they finished I got them all to line up and hold out their hand, and I ran along hi-fiving them all, so much fun. Got a crazy photo of them as well J
We then got the junior choir in during second interval to teach them a new song called “Make Me A Servant”. It is a one-part song, very cheesy but beautiful, and they learnt it all which was awesome. We got them standing up one row at a time to sing it – fron tow won by miles :P
Oh forgot I saw some of the band kids outside the music room this morning and I asked if I could take a photo of them as it was my last week, so they all posed for it… Then one of the boys said “Miss, you can’ leave yet ...
Weird day… Got into school and two teachers came over to ask Brian to take a class alone today so I ran away as fast as I could :P Ingrid also had to take a class so I had the music room all day to do with what I wanted – I wanted to take Grade 2 theory. I went to the first class and the teacher said they had a maths exam so I couldn’t take them. In the next class I asked if I could take the music students in half an hour (which should have been fine as this is how we get the music lessons done in the school), and the teacher starting raising her voice to me saying that the kids were behind and that they’re parents weren’t paying for them to do music so they should have the class after school (All of this was said in front of the students). I had no idea how to react to this – I thought it was quite unprofessional how she handled the situation, and also the rules about music lessons seem to have changed just because I am a volunteer. So instead of teaching 4 theory classes I had none – great start to the day!
For the morning I helped out a piano student, Ashley, who is taking her Grade 2 exam in September. Also, Chad’s father (who does some work for the school) came in with his 8 month old son so I looked after him for a bit, literally so cute J
During first and second interval about 20 kids came up asking about when choir is – the fact that I always say “every day after second interval” non-stop doesn’t seem to help, they continue to ask and then apparently not listen to the answer…! Me and Valerie were also student watching in the playground – the amount of attacks and fights going on is ridiculous! At one point it got so bad that Miss Edwards went onto the field. She said one ...