meeting students and saying goodbye to them
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to work with a couple of students who were studying at University in Ho Chi Minh City but returned home to Quang Ngai during the summer break. These students signed up for some extra English classes during the summer break and one student in particular, Helen was so motivated and dedicated that although I only met with her for a couple of months, her improvements were amazing…especially with her pronunciation. Helen treated me to a nice breakfast one morning and before she headed back to HCMC we went out for a drink at the Q Cup where we had a couple of photos taken. I’m hoping that when I spend a few days in Ho Chi Minh City before I head back that I will be able to hook up with Helen.
Also, September marked the time that my student Tram was getting ready to go to England to study for her masters in business. I had to laugh when she was talking to Mrs. Thao about the things she was bringing with her and how heavy her suitcase was. When Mrs. Thao asked her what she had packed that was so heavy, Tram indicated it was rice. Mrs. Thao reassured Tram that she would be able to ge rice in England. I am unable to communicate with either of these students right now as I can’t access Facebook. I do know that Tram is cold and still adjusting to the food.
It’s hard to believe but in nine weeks I’ll be back in Canada. I think I’m ready to go home now. My better half is not here and I’m not sure at this late date if he is coming. He’s been working about fifteen months non stop on renovating the house…longer than expected but that’s because there was more problems to be dealt with once the renos started, as is usually the case with renovations. I am definitely not looking forward to the cold weather. It is hard for me to get my head around the fact that it is November when it is hot and sunny here. But I am definitely looking forward to working only five days a week and having 2 days off per week...but I will miss those massages, and I won't like being tied to the computer for thirty five hours a week. I wonder how I will feel, 6 months down the road? Only time will tell....