And the Journey begins... Airways Transit was stuck on the 401, so they sent a cab to pick me up and it got stuck on the 401 too... Anne and I said our farewells... with the same corny lines, like "Don't do anything I wouldn't do." and she still laughs.
Missionary? Yes, of course.
Arrival in Guyana
Kaieteur or Bust!
“Are you hurt?”
|Looks safe to me!|
Planning Ahead... Neither me not Guyana
I had left on Thursday night so I would have a Friday when everyone was working and I could better arrange for Monday's first class. However, I failed to notice that i is a National Holiday, Eid-al-Adha, and everything and everybody is closed. Hmmm...
Oh well.. it is Guyana -- improvise. I got some printer paper from an old student at the hospital. I called my friend, Taju, who collects all my mailings - including tablets and printer - and he came with his son Tommy to deliver them. Even they had closed their restaurant on Friday.
Then, I discovered two of the faculty who do the small groups were not going to be there for the first day of school... It did boggle my mind, but it does make sense when you are here. They had to use Monday as a holiday day or lose it... Another bright rule by someone who has never taught. Improvise again... We will have the First day of school on the Second day and the Second Day on the First Day. Got to stay flexible... And as I say, "In a hundred years, who will give a "darn".
And my flat also flabbergasted me... Everything was done by Helen - glass windows had replaced the open ones, so now no rain inside, a new mattress so I couldn't feel the wooden slats below, My boxes that I leave were thoughtfully brought from the school by Candy.. and most important of all I had my own dedicated internet and the passwords and it worked immediately ..... a pleasure worth savouring. Now I will just need to work around the daily blackouts by GPL.
Saturday I did my usual running around ..... but this time the tablets for the students came with European A/C adapters... PISSSS... So I had to roam the streets of GT looking for an adapter to the adapter... a really nice guy at NT Computeac told me all I need was a cheap adapter for the adapter at an electronics store on Robb... and sure enough there they were, and 30 of them too ..... good day as without them them the tablets would have been as useless as a third xxx.
Stopped and got my Guyana reading materials, from a history of Linden, to raunchy tales of Guyana Vol 2., Indian indentured servants in the l800's, and two novels to show I have culture .....
Then, got my Guyana "clean up"; I forgot again -- it is the first day of school for all the kids on Monday... So I had a long wait. When I arrived Royston told me he would get right to me. I said being the true liberal that I am "No; I can wait my turn". Over an hour and half later I got my turn... There really is a difference between disavowing "white privilege" in theory and in practice. Met lots of people on my travels including my "adopted" son, Rashleigh, who ran out of his flat when he saw me with nothing but a towel. I thought he had some women over, but he said he was showering.
Enough... I am here now and slowly getting set for Monday's new students.. Thanks for reading... John