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Reisverslag The first week of work (and some other stuff)
1 maart 2016
The first week of work (and some other stuff)
For the morning shift we start out by going to play outside for an hour, making sure the kids take in enough fresh air every day, after that we take an hour teaching them various things like; counting in English, shapes and colours in English, singing songs in English and learning them the English alfabet. Then after the "lesson", they have an hour of play time and exercise, basically playing like any child should (while we try and have them be active).
At twelve is lunch, where the kids have there own table and chairs and eat their "Bento boxes" all by themselves. (see picture) During which we also eat our own lunch; which is prepared for us by our host Yumiko-San.
Then from about one to two there is another "lesson" where we teach them various thing in English.
The afternoon shift is quite different; here the small kids are still entertained by us and our fellow travellers, but there are also older kids that come in and have either a private lesson or a group lesson depending on the circumstances, or there are adults that come in for conversation training.
Then at seven when everybody has left we have dinner with all the travellers staying here and that's where our workday ends.
We do this five days a week.
On our off time Rudi and me have been exploring Sapporo and it's many shops, restaurants and bars (not going everywhere but mostly just exploring and finding out what is here). We have encountered a couple of very nice places to get some lunch or have a nice cup of coffee, like I mentioned in my last blog.
Among one was a Place called "Samurai", here we had "soup Curry" one of Sapporo's most famous dishes. Soup Curry is served in a bowl acompanied by rice. It is a thick soup containing various kinds of vegetables and meat. We could choose from a scale from one to ten how spicy we wanted the soup, Rudi and I both went for four (which was the highest we could go without having to pay extra, we are still Dutch after all), and I have to mention that I am not normally a "soup person". But this soup was so incredibly tasty that I couldn't stop eating until everything was gone. (see pictures)
That same evening we had agreed to go out to eat with some people we met at work during the day, they had invited us to go with them to a "Tabe-nomi-hodai" litteral translation meaning "eat and drink endlessly".
We had two hours to drink and eat as much as we wanted(see picture), but I have to say after we were done eating and on our way back home my mind kept going back to the Soup Curry we had for lunch.
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1 maart 2016 10:10 | Door: Leroy
Wat een leuk verslag Col. Je zou vaker wat moeten schrijven, het is erg leuk om te lezen. Veel plezier deze week en we spreken elkaar snel.
2 maart 2016 17:49 | Door: Chantal
Wat leuk Collin, fijn dat het goed met je gaat. En erg leuk om dit te lezen. Veel plezier!!! Groetjes Tom, Chantal, Koen, Kim en Kas
6 maart 2016 15:33 | Door: Opa
Kostelijk verslag, Collin. Prachtige eerste week daar. Ik benijd je, vooral ook als ik al dat heerlijke Japanse eten zie!
Geniet ervan, jong. En breng die kleintjes daar maar goed wat Engels bij. Dat kunnen ze daar goed gebruiken.
Wat is trouwens je volgende bestemming, of ben je van plan daar tot december te blijven?
14 maart 2016 15:02 | Door: Maria
Wat een leuk verslag ,het zijn wel hele kleine kinderen kun je die het Engels al bijbrengen.
Dat eten ziet er geweldig uit.
Nog heel veel plezier daar , en pas goed op je zelf.
Groetjes uit het zonnige Aalten.
30 maart 2016 17:13 | Door: Jan Linders
Hi Collin, how even personal food preferences can drastically change abroad.....-:) This may not only hold for food by the way. ..... Lovely picture of your 'pupils', how is their English getting on? best regards, Jan