Saturday, June 24, 2006
I have gotten many queries on data collection...so here is the scoop. During a national technology curriculum improvement workshop, I gave my survey to 26 master teacher trainers. These folks in turn will give the survey to 526 teacher trainers they personally trained on ICT skills. I am supposed to get the completed results back July 7th-ish. Since the postal service is so unreliable, the surveys will come back to me via a taxi! So, all in all the data collection is in full swing!
Monday, June 19, 2006
This weekend I went to the National Museum. The first picture is of me with a statue in of a monkey god in the garden. I was thinking the museum would fill my entire afternoon. I soon found out it only took about 45 minutes to go through. I guess most of the good cultural artifacts were destroyed during the Khmer Rouge. The second picture is of the UNESCO building. It is a very fine French colonial style building.
On Sunday, it rained for 3 hours. This means the roads around me were completely flooded. I waited a few hours for the water to go down, but to no avail. Going 1/2 block north, south, east, or west, I was up to a foot of water. This sounds like no big deal, but keep in mind there are often holes in the street large enough for a grown man to fall into. I thought would skirt the water but hugging the sidewalks but soon realized that with the rains, came an overflow of the sewers! I turned around, showered, and ate at home. I learned to keep food on hand just for these monsoon emergencies! Good thing I just did a big shop!
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Change of plans
Monday, June 12, 2006
The new barrio
View from my balcony.
Sunday I was finally able to move into the new apartment. I thought I would share what the apartment looks like. The top picture is from the balcony. The bottom two are the apartment itself. The wooden walls with white cloth are actually movable. The apartment is set up a little odd in that to get to the kitchen, I have to walk through a shared hallway into my private kitchen. I guess all these old houses were made like that so the smells from the cooking would not be in the same area as the living quarters.
I am off on a 3 day adventure to the rural areas in the morning. I will post pics soon.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
By request I have included a picture of a monkey at the local Wat. Better ones will come later. The left picture is of the rules posted at Toul Sleng the genocide prison used during the Khmer Rouge. It is now a museum. I know, the pics do not really go together, but I thought I would share! Thanks to Rian and John I downloaded a resizing program so the pics should be smaller and easier for me to upload. P.S. The pics are small, but if you double click on them they should open bigger in a new window.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
First real walk about the city
Today I took a 4 hour walk around the town and have realized no one walks. Everyone takes a moto (a motorcycle taxi). I visited Wat Phnom which sits on a hill overlooking the whole city. There is even a resident elephant named Sam Bo who walks along the rivers' (there are actually two merging into a third) promenade every evening. Sam Bo was not chained up, just sitting under the tree looking at folks looking at him. I guess you can feed him bananas but I did not try this. The second pic of the wat itself (a wat is a temple). There were monkeys all around the wat. They were not too friendly. I saw one bite the hand of a small boy. I kept my distance from the critters after that. Tonight, I took in a full dance recital that developed around dancers with disabilities. It was quite remarkable. Sunday I will head out to two other wats and maybe take in the museum.