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Nic's trip to Vietnam (20)   (published in Vietnam)

March 17, 2013 by   Comments(5)

Thanglong Water Puppet Theatre en verhuisd naar hotel

Gistereavond, zaterdag 16 maart 2013 ben ik in Hanoi naar het Water Puppetry theater geweest. Dit is een vorm van theater die ik nog niet eerder mee gemaakt heb. Het is een Vietnameese traditie die dateert vanaf de 11e eeuw om gelakte, houten poppen op het water te laten dansen. Deze kunstvorm komt uit de dorpen van de Rode River Delta in Noord Vietnam. Het huidige Vietnameese water Puppetry is een variatie op de oude Aziatische poppen traditie.De show wordt gegeven in een bak water die taillehoogte diep is. De poppen zitten aan een stok die onder water zit. Deze stok wordt door een Puppetry, ofwel poppenspeler onder water bespeeld. Hij kan de pop laten bewegen door een mechaniek in de stok te bedienen. Maar het aparte is dat de toeschouwers hem niet zien. Hij zit namelijk ook in het water maar achter een scherm. Hier een foto van poppen die gebruikt worden in de show.

De bak water waar het spel in plaats vindt, stelt de rijstvelden voor. Als vroeger de rijstvelden onderliepen door de hogere waterstand en ze niet konden werken, vermaakten ze elkaar met dit poppenspel. Even dacht ik aan onze Jan Klaassen en Katrijn, twee bekende figuren uit de Amsterdamse Jordaan. Onze poppenkastspelers spelen de voorstellingen voornamelijk voor kinderen. Maar ook dan wordt een verhaal uitgebeeld. Het waterpoppenspel is voornamelijk ter vermaak voor volwassenen bedoeld.

Aan de zijkant van het podium, de grote bak water, staat een verhalenvertelster die in Vietnamees het de introductie doet. Ze staat in klederdracht en met twee andere vrouwen bespelen ze Vietnamese muziekinstrumenten en daarbij zingen ze. Op een groot plasma scherm is de Engelse tekst te lezen. Ook hier wordt de nieuwe technologie gebruikt. Achter het doek ...

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Nic's trip to Vietnam (20)
Nic's trip to Vietnam (20)

Closer and Closer...   (published in Mongolia)

March 17, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Yes, I know it has taken a while to write my next entry. With less than 8 weeks to go, this experience is becoming more real every day...and with classes slowly drawing to a close, the preparations are beginning to get underway! A placement awaits in Mongolia - where? This will soon become clear to me...Until then, the Land of the Blue Sky awaits an aspiring reporter :)

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Closer and Closer...
Closer and Closer...

2 uger tilbage!   (published in Kenya)

March 16, 2013 by   Comments(1)


Nu har jeg vaeret her i Nakuru i to uger, og tiden er floejet afsted!

I den foerste weekend var vi paa tur til Masai Mara, og hold nu kaeft hvor var det fedt! Vi har set loever, geparder, elefanter, giraffer, aber, flodheste og jeg kunne blive ved - og det var altsaa paa taet hold! Tror at jeg har taget 800 billeder paa den ene weekend. En anden fantastisk oplevelse var selvfoelgelig at besoege Masai-landsbyen. De lever klods op af Maraen, og har tidligere oplevet loeveangreb mod deres landsby. Vi fik lov at se landsbyen og se deres huse indefra, det var virkelig en oplevelse.

Jeg er ellers blevet godt taget godt i mod paa mit arbejde, som hovedsagligt bestaar af at lege med boernene og af og til hjaelpe til med de praktiske opgaver. Jeg har da ogsaa allerede udset mig en lille dreng, Nathan, som jeg ville oenske jeg kunne tage med mig hjem til Danmark. Boernene er saa soede, de moeder en med aabne arme naar man moeder paa arbejde.

Tiden flyver afsted hernede, vi laver noget hver eneste dag, og ikke en dag er ens. En maaned ekstra havde man ikke taget skade af! Alligevel glaeder jeg mig nu til at komme hjem og fortaelle om alle mine oplevelser og om Kenya! Om ikke saa mange dage tager jeg til Mombasa sammen med nogle af de andre frivillige. Det bliver skoent at komme ned og ligge paa stranden et par dage!

Det var alt for nu,


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2 uger tilbage!
2 uger tilbage!

Water for elephants, again!   (published in Botswana)

March 16, 2013 by   Comments(0)

We got up early as usual, and made a bee-line for the insect traps that we had set up the previous night. Sadly, most contained only moths. We had one lone butterfly to look at. Although the results were a little disappointing, setting up for the experiment was fun.

The morning activity sent us looking for wildflowers and grasses. These needed to be identified and added to the existing collection for drying and pressing. They will be put together into a display at a later date.

In the afternoon, Dave took one group to the second waterhole on the road to Mathathane. We spent an amazing hour and a half watching two teenage elephants in a delightful display of affection, with more serious intentions from the male partner. Every time we thought the scenario was over, another enticement was attempted with a slight variation of moves for the captive audience. Our eventual departure in no way disrupted the ongoing activity. We witnessed some fanciful antics!

Suzanne Labreche, 67 years old, French Canada, 1 month stay

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Water for elephants, again!
Water for elephants, again!

Elephant bath time!   (published in Botswana)

March 16, 2013 by   Comments(0)

This morning, I was woken up by Sam at 3am. We were at Mamatumi for a sleep out and it was Harriet and my turn to stay awake, and with the spotlight, see if any animals would come down to the waterhole to drink. It was a bit windy and cold, so it was nice to have our sleeping bags. At around 530am, we saw a hyena that came to drink. Everyone woke up to see it, and then afterwards, we drove back to the camp for breakfast and a morning nap. We had the morning off, while the others went on a flower identification activity with Tess.  I had a long and lovely nap, and I helped Jane to peel potatoes for the fries tonight. When the others got back, Jane served her amazing pizza which she had prepared on the fire.

In the afternoon, we were divided into 3 groups. One group did Baobab repair with Sakaeo, Suzanne and Chloe did camera traps with Dave, and my group did an elephant identification drive with Tess. We drove to a waterhole on the way to Mathathane, and here we did a mammal and bird census. There were a lot of different birds and some zebra but we were very lucky, because an elephant bull came to drink and swim in the water. It was amazing to see him and he really enjoyed himself!

We filled out an identification sheet of how his tusks looked and if he had any markings on his ears and body. This is so Tess and the others can make a collection of all the adult elephants and herds using the reserve. She gives them names and when the project is finished, it will be possible to recognize individuals and know who is who.

We drove back to camp in the beautiful sunset and as we approached, we could smell dinner. Jane spoiled us with burgers and fries and fruit salad and jelly for dessert. With happy and full tummies, we could go to bed after a good day!   ...

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Elephant bath time!
Elephant bath time!

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