Friday, July 15, 2011


My first day at my new school started inauspiciously.  It was my first night in my new home and I couldn't find the light switch.  While searching for the flashlight I fell and hit my left forehead on the concrete floor.  I was told to be there at 7, but it was still dark at 6:30.  I left at 6:45 and it took me an hour and ten minutes to walk there.  When I reached the campus, I turned too soon and was wandering around in the brush looking for the headmaster's office.  A student named Grace took pity on me and showed me the way.  The whole school was then assembled in the large yard and introduced to me.  I made a short speech then met the other teachers.  The first week is for "environmental cleanliness," when the students clean the school.  There are apparently no maintenance men or housekeepers and the students do it all.  I saw a large man in a Nike t-shirt walking around with leafless branches.  I have been told they beat the students here for discipline, but hope I don't have to watch it.

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