It's International Women's Day, so it was a national holiday here in Cambodia today. However, both Shally and I were working at BEA for most of the day. Our air conditioner was delivered and installed this morning, so the classroom will provide a much more comfortable learning environment for the students, especially since the hottest months will soon be here. While Shally was supervising the installation, I spent my morning washing all our new plastic chairs for the library. Although they are new, they aren't dusted off while they're in storage or before they're delivered. I was the one who got that lucky job. Cleaning was a bit eventful since there were three cows roaming around the streets of our school this morning. I thought it was a bit unusual because they usually don't venture that far from the village pastures. They actually made it into the alley way behind BEA and kept me company for about ten minutes. However, they soon lost interest and went on their way. I've always been a bit leery around cows ever since I got chased by one a few years ago when I got too close to get a photo, so I was relieved to see them leave.
In the meantime, Shally called in our electrician to get his recommendations about adding more light fixtures in the library and classrooms. I then headed out with the electrician to get the new lights. I considered carrying everything back on the back of the motorbike, but the six, 2-meter-long installations were a bit too awkward to balance on the back of the bike. Regardless, I've basically adopted the attitude that there is nothing that can't be carried on the back of a motorbike.
After lunch, I went back home to fine-tune the syllabus for the second semester while Shally went back to BEA to help the electrician. The library lights were installed, but the electrician will be coming back tomorrow to finish up the lights in the second floor classroom.
It's been a long day, and the next few days will be just as long.
Onwards to our second semester,
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an NGO school that provides underprivileged youth with quality English language education in a safe, clean environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.