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Eating Bees - The Biggest Projects Abroad Dinner... EVER   (published in China)

July 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)

"It’s quite fun arranging dining events during the summer because there are such a lot of people. It all starts with a phone call to reserve the places at the restaurant. Inevitably they will ask for how many people it is for, which is met by a request for me to repeat the number a couple of times before a screech for a manager to 过来 (come over).

If the manager is the owner (as was the case in this instance) then you normally find you will be warmly greeted. This owner, named Feng, was particularly friendly and even before ringing I was aware of his reputation for conviviality. Immediately he invited me over for drinks, describing to me the philosophy behind the restaurant and how it all got started. In fact, all the food there is from Yunnan which is in the South West of China. He also owns a chippy in Beijing, which I thought was quite amusing (being British an’all). Besides the gregarious owner the restaurant is famous primarily for 3 things; the delicious goat’s cheese, the extensive beer collection, and the serving of insects. The key to Feng’s philosophy is that Yunnan food goes great with good quality beers. He has just recently opened this new addition in the Lujiazui area of Shanghai to add to his portfolio of eateries.

To describe briefly this area, it is more similar to how you might have imagined Tokyo to appear; clean and orderly streets that lay under the shadows of giant high-rise corporate buildings. Lujiazui is an expanse that is quite a contrast to the sleepy French concession on the Puxi side (the east side of the Huangpu river). Whilst the former is famous for the elderly locals sauntering around in their pajamas and having a bit of a gossip, the latter is known to be populated (in working hours at least) by the ...

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Eating Bees - The Biggest Projects Abroad Dinner... EVER
Eating Bees - The Biggest Projects Abroad Dinner... EVER

Closing time   (published in Sri Lanka)

July 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)

"Closing time - time for you to go out, go out into the world...Closing time - you don't have to go home but you can't stay here...Closing time - every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"

It's really time to go. I'm packed (almost) and I'm being picked up to be taken to the airport in about 4 hours time. I don't want to leave; I've been made to feel so welcome at home and made some good relationships with the girls at work that it feels so much longer than 2 months since I said goodbye to the UK. I've even just had the pleasure of a free trip on the bus thanks to one of my regular conductors on the way to work!

Things I have learnt:I am practical, proactive and (apparently) stylish. I'll do what I see needs doing, and not just make plans to do it which I then forget about when things get tough. You can't change the world, but you can help to make it a little better in places.

And some advice if you're thinking of coming to Sri Lanka:Don't bring a white towel to Sri Lanka, it will only show how badly you have cleaned yourself in the shower (feet in particular never seem to be clean!)

Keep your eyes open. On my way to work I've seen more animals than I saw on safari. Elephant, lizard, bearded dragon, giant lizard (water monitor I think it's called), porcupine, mongoose, giant snail, millipedes, rat, giant spiders, water buffalo, parakeets, monkeys, fireflies and of course dogs, cats and cows. I've also seen the variety of life than is Sri Lanka - men pouring over the pages of the Race Card, women at the temple, men playing cards outside the coffin shop, children at school.

Ride the buses. They can get so crowded you have to stand on the steps and hang out the door (don't tell my mum!) and they take an age to get anywhere but they are dead cheap. If you ...

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Closing time
Closing time

PART 1: “Before” photos of Where Rainbows Meet Container   (published in South Africa)

July 28, 2010 by   Comments(0)

  By Zak Tabatznik (CAN, Care Project)

This 40 foot blue storage container was donated by Sebastian Mader from Germany in hopes that it will one day become a computer/software classroom for the Where Rainbows Meet organization.  Before the computers are donated, however, the container needs to be fixed up.  That is where Max Piltz and I (Zak Tabatznik), two volunteers from Canada, come in. We are planning to paint the container to make it more presentable for business partners interested in the organization as well as add in a window to bring light into the soon-to-be computer room.  More photos and updates to follow in the next few weeks to track the progress of the improvements.


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PART 1: “Before” photos of Where Rainbows Meet Container
PART 1: “Before” photos of Where Rainbows Meet Container

Weekend trip in our 2 week special programme!   (published in Mexico)

July 28, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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Hello everyone!

I just came back from the Turtle camp where the activities for our 2 week special programme is taking place. It was a great trip in which I had the chance to spend a really fun time with the guys who are taking part of this project.

As part of the activities in the 2 weeks programme we arranged a trip to the beautiful town of Melaque, a beach destination that is located in the state of Jalisco! We packed our bags and we had a good time, really nice food, good climate and an amazing beach just two steps away from our hotel!

More pictures are on the way so keep an eye on this blog!!!

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Weekend trip in our 2 week special programme!
Weekend trip in our 2 week special programme!

Culture on the Roof in Jamaica. Written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)   (published in Jamaica)

July 27, 2010 by   Comments(0)

The two-week special volunteers at Projects Abroad Jamaica had a taste, literally, of their first Patois and Culture class on Thursday, July 22, 2010. The group of twenty-seven volunteers, hailing from various parts of the world- some including France, Ireland, Japan and Canada was given a concise patois lesson on greetings and introductions. “Wha a gwaan,” they all said. That’s patois for what’s happening. Each volunteer was asked to take centre stage to issue a greeting and introduce themselves in patois, adding a little Jamaican attitude.  They were also taught the various body parts and members of their family in patois. At the end of the patois session prizes were given to volunteers who could repeat an entire sentence in patois. The Social Manager spoke the sentence first and then the volunteer, who repeated the original sentence close to perfect, got the prize.

A brief overview of Jamaica was given and questions were subsequently asked, volunteers who answered the questions correctly were rewarded for listening keenly. Some of the prizes included Bob Marley cups, Jamaican drinking mugs, Jamaican key rings and maps. The Culture segment continued by offering volunteers a buffet of Jamaican fruits and local sweet treats such as, Drops and Busta-Both are made from the flesh of the dried coconut. It’s either grated or cut up in small pieces, boiled until the flesh feels softer, then sugar and ginger added. This mixture is left to boil until it somewhat caramelizes. A spoon is then used to drop the sticky mixture unto cooling sheets. When cooled the finished product is a hardened sweet treat enjoyed by many Jamaicans.

Mangoes, Guineps, Papaya and Sugar Cane were some of the fruits sampled by the volunteers. There was a ...

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Culture on the Roof in Jamaica. Written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)
Culture on the Roof in Jamaica. Written by Denise Morgan (Social Manager)

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