Hey all! Ok so I'm sure you've all noticed this website has been experiencing some problems of late. Basically, these problems still haven't been sorted out yet; thats the problem with free stuff, you get what you pay for. Anyway, I've posted some stuff here temporarily. Hopefully all gets sorted soon!
Now I've gotta remember what has happened since the last post!
First and foremost, I've started teaching classes for the first time in my life. So far, I've survived it. I'm taking grade 7, 8 and 10 for the moment. Grade 10 are by far the easiest class, mainly as they have picked to do I.T. as a subject for G.C.S.E. and the younger classes are still doing it as a compulsory subject. But I'm getting well into the swing of things and almost starting to enjoy myself. Life here on Bingham means you've got to be flexible. A French teacher who was meant to be coming out has now been told that she can't come. This means that Bingham are short of a French teacher, so some reshuffling had to be done and I've been given Teaching English as a 2nd Language to a couple of younger pupils on top of my I.T. More practise I guess!
I'm getting settled in to my new apartment. All the problems have been ironed out, namely the water pressure in the shower has been fixed. I'm starting to get used to living alone, but at times wish I had a roommate. I'm hoping to get involved in plenty of the activities on compound so that I have no time to feel alone!
On Saturday morning, we went to a monthly "bazaar" at the I.E.C. church, where locals come to sell crafts and local products. There was a lot of attractive handmade items, and most of the girls came back with 6 bags each. I bought a small stool with a leather seat for 100 birr, I figured if I decided to get other stuff, I'd go back to the next one. Guess I'm not impulsive enough!!!
After the bazaar, we went out to lunch at a local restaurant, where we had a lunchtime buffet for 55 birr (£3). It was the biggest feed I've had since coming here, trays and trays of all sorts off fried meats in all sorts of spices. I didn't eat for the rest of the day. A fantastic meal.
On saturday night, we headed to Brians house to watch a movie, and chill. We were given a tour of his farm which now consists of a goat, 4 chickens, 2 ducks and a rabbit. Quite comical, as they all sleep in the same small shed. However, they seem to get on well together!
This Saturday night, there are rumours of a Halloween party at Brians, so I'm sure that there will be some mad antics then. Some of the British folks on compound are hoping to celebrate bonfire night this weekend too.
This week I've been feeling a bit under the weather, my stomach has been playing up. Those on compound said it would happen, so I'm not surprised. I hope that I'm mostly over it, it hasn't stopped me from teaching thankfully. I've not got too many more classes for the rest of the week, so I'll be able to take it easy.
Must go, I can't put up any pictures till I get things back up and running properly. I don't really have any pictures to put up anyway!
Best wishes from Addis,
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