Thursday, June 29, 2006

Day 3

One word would best describe today - CHAOS!! The day started with us getting our bicycles.... This was the easiest part! Then we set out for the orphanage.. Spirits were high with Richie getting us do the Irish Scout yell (HICKAMALYA!) as we cycled along.. We arrived in the orphange to be gretted with a formal speech from the director of the orphanage - Mr. Baa, There was a large banner dtrung over the front of the orphanage ' Welcome Irish Students to Vietnam'.. It looked cool.. Then the fun started.

We were informed that the paint had arraived but that it had to be mixed in big vats. Ger Fleming (our Technichal Supervisor - everyone in VN has a title!) was less than impressed. The Director informed us that certain children in the orphange had been chosen to asist with the project... but this didn't last long - after an hour or so every kid in the place was lashing whitewash onto any wall in site!! There was more paint on the kids than on the wall... Gary got paint in the eye (but we're treating it every hour with TLC - Ma Oxberry needn't worry - John's luggage hasn't arrived either, so both Oxo's are moaning!!).

The V's challenged the older lads to a football match after lunch. To say it was intense wud be an understatement but the match ended in a draw 10-10. Meanwhile Joe was showing the younger kids how (not) to play hurling.. (Drimnagh Castle was never any good at hurling unlike Brunner!!). His style is best described as a cross between tennis and icehockey...
To top it all off, just as we were about to leave the orphanage the heavens opened and we cycled home in monsoon rains absolutely knackered... Tomorrow, Day 4, brings a new start... Ger got his way at the delicicate end-of-day negotiations and we're doing things his way tomorrow !! Roll on...

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At 4:55 p.m., Blogger Somebody on 9thN10th.bebo.com said...

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At 4:58 p.m., Blogger Somebody on 9thN10th.bebo.com said...

hi all, kate especially,

Hope your all enjoying yourselves. Pity about the rain cos its lovely here in dreary old dublin. Enjoy all the 18ths, kate teetotal only please.

Love Niamh and barry (we miss you loads) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 
At 4:58 p.m., Blogger Somebody on 9thN10th.bebo.com said...

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At 4:58 p.m., Blogger Somebody on 9thN10th.bebo.com said...

hey everyone hope ya's are having a good time... miss ya's already love leanne xxxx

 
At 9:45 p.m., Blogger Collette said...

Hi all

Sorry to hear about Johns gear. I hope the weather picks up and I'm sure all the hard work will be worth it in the end

Collette

 
At 8:29 a.m., Blogger pvg1 said...

Hi All,

I can imagine the Fleming fella (Technical Supervisor) when he had to mix the paint! As for Joe trying to teach the Vietnamise hurling - they'll think we're jokers. As you say, get someone from Brunner to show them. What's Joe's official title anyway?

Regards,
Dermot

 

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