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Time for some sports   (published in Cambodia)

July 8, 2017 by   Comments(1)

The ones among you who read this blog and know me at least a little bit, know that I'm used to do some sport from time to time. For the ones who don't know me, this can be translated as: I have to move very regularly or I go crazy. So one of my first missions when I arrived here was to find a gym or some other place where I could spend my energy. During my first full weekend in Phnom Penh, I tried to go for an easy jog in the city, but this turned out to be a bad idea. After 25 minutes of very slow running, I came back with a lightheadedness which I assume is due to the hot climate and most of all to the very polluted air in the city. Therefore, this attempt will not be repeated.  

Luckily, the search for a gym was not that hard. The loan officer on the micro-finance project goes to work out very regularly and invited me to join him. This made me end up going to a local gym several times a week, where I did not see any other foreigners so far. Despite the fact that I clearly stand out from the Cambodians there, this does give me the feeling of blending in with the local population a little bit, which I really like. So all in all I managed to find a good weekly routine that allows me to keep myself somewhat in shape. 

Next to doing some sport myself, we also have the opportunity to go watch it sometimes. Just before I arrived, some of the volunteers visited a football game of the Cambodian national team and every saturday the television studio close to our appartments hosts a boxing evening. A couple of weeks ago, we decided to go and watch it and it turned out to be a very exciting experience. The evening consisted of three fights, with the final fight being a championship belt match. So especially this last one was electrifying and the big crowd that ...

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Time for some sports
Time for some sports

Airport   (published in Ghana)

July 7, 2017 by   Comments(0)

At the airport!! Waiting to board.. Did you know penut butter was not allowed in your carry on?? It is considered gel.. So I just lost some penut butter.. but.. I have more than enough in my checked bags for the trip!! 

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Nepaal!!!   (published in Nepal)

July 6, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Hello Nepal from Madrid!

Today begins what I hope will be an enriching experience, I am very motivated and willing to help.

I cant wait to get there !!

Anyone doing education proyect in Kathmandu?

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Cambodia's dark past   (published in Cambodia)

July 3, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Next to all the good experiences I already had during the past three weeks, I also had one day that really made a strong and not very positive impression on me. Only a couple of decades ago, Cambodians have lived under one of the deadliest totalitarian regimes of recent history, known as the Khmer Rouge period. During these 4 years, an estimated 2-3 million people either starved to death or were executed by the ruling party. This number accounts for more than a quarter of the population at the time. Close to Phnom Penh, you can visit a place that's known as the killing fields. Prisoners were taken to this location to be executed in large numbers. Next to this, it's also possible to visit the S21 museum in the city centre, which was a prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. So my day filled with these two visits was not an easy one to process. 

We started in the late morning with a one-hour tuk-tuk drive to the killing fiels. The tour here is guided by a very good audio-guide. A Khmer person describes all the places that don't mean much at first sight, but have a horrible history behind them once you hear the stories that have taken place there. As you can imagine, when this place was discovered after the Khmer Rouge was chased away from Phnom Penh, all buildings here were torn down very quickly. What remains now is a peaceful place in nature with some small reminders to the past surrounding a larger memorial monument. This latter one is actually quite gruesome, containing thousands of skulls that were found in the mass graves on the site. Unfortunately, this is only a very small part of the total amount of victims, but it does start to make you realize the scale of the events. In the afternoon, we continued our day in the S21 museum. A lot of the people who were ...

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Cambodia's dark past
Cambodia's dark past

Time is flying!   (published in Ghana)

July 3, 2017 by   Comments(0)

 De vierde week alweer voorbij gevlogen! Een korte werkweek, waarin toch veel is gebeurd. Allereerst was het maandag een nationale feestdag in Ghana, dus een vrije dag! Top dachten wij, dus bikini aangetrokken en na het wassen van mijn ondergoed wilden we naar het zwembad gaan.. Ja ja je leest het goed, ik heb zelfstandig mijn ondergoed gewassen! Met erna weer soort van brandwonden op mijn hand, maar ja! Maar ik was net klaar met wassen en het begint kei hard te regenen. Dit heeft bijna twee uur geduurd, met tussenpozen! Uiteindelijk toch onze rugzak maar mee genomen naar het weeshuis waar we eerst even langs moesten. Maar helaas op de terugweg begon het te stortregenen, zodat we ergens moesten gaan schuilen! Hier zagen we een taxi versus motor ongeluk, gelukkig iedereen ongedeerd! Maar de motorrijders rijden hier echt als gekken met dat weer, de helft heeft geen schoenen aan.. Niemand heeft een helm op en ze rijden hier veel te hard in de regen..!!! Uiteindelijk hebben we toch maar en taxi terug gepakt richting huis. Daar aangekomen blijkt dat het riool bij onze oprit is overstroomd.. En er stroomt nu een rivier over onze oprit, waardoor we nog niet thuis kunnen komen.. Uiteindelijk na een kleine omweg na een uur toch thuis gekomen!

Dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag hadden we outreach. Op dinsdag een school en een weeshuis bezocht. Op woensdag drie scholen. Deze dag hebben we ook bij veel leraren de bloeddruk gemeten, een hepatitis B test gedaan en hen hier uitleg gegeven. Gelukkig was iedereen negatief! Op donderdag hebben we twee scholen gedaan en op vrijdag een grote school. Overal hebben we de wondjes van de kinderen verzorgd en ze onderzocht en eventueel behandeld voor ringworm. Die kinderen zijn allemaal zo cute! En ze zijn zo blij als ze een "wit" ...

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Time is flying!
Time is flying!

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