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Archive for February, 2009

Long Overdue

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on February 21, 2009

I know that it’s been a long time since my last blog post, but February has been a very busy month, honestly. For one thing, school has started. I’ve been teaching two computer classes, for juniors and seniors, and the school had also been making teach physics classes temporarily, until the real physics teacher shows up. I’ve heard that she will be coming in on Monday, so yesterday (Friday) was my last day as a physics teacher. So far, I’ve generally felt in over my head at school. The first week was as well as any first week probably could be, with me having no idea what to expect. By the second week I felt as though I was getting the hang of things, but this week has completely turned my expectations upside down. I gave my junior computer class an exam on Monday, and the class average was in the 50’s. Preparing for the exam, I felt as if I was being too easy on them, but only one student scored in the 90’s and then next ones were all in the 70’s. Also, the school threw me a curveball with my schedule. After having finalized the schedule for the computer lab last week (which includes coordinating with the fine arts school), the school schedule had to retooled this week, bringing many of the times I thought were good into conflict with one another.

The other thing that has kept me busy, was an unwelcome guest I had last week. One of my cousins from the training village was looking forward to going to the school of fine arts thats on the same campus as my school, but expected to crash at my place. I won’t go too much into the details (for fear of offending), but suffice it to say it didn’t work out, and he isn’t around anymore.

I’ve also had a share of medical conditions. I got this gross rash on my arms (which compliments of my mother, is included below) and I’ve had an itchy flaky scalp. I went to the doctor’s yesterday, and he told me that its “prickly heat”, and prescribed me some ointment and powder. So far that’s been the worst medical incident I’ve had (I’m knocking on wood as I type this).

Well that’s it for now. I’ll try to post again sometime soon. Sorry Lilja, I’m working on the indigenous recipes, most of them require an umu though, which means you make fire to heat stones, and then cook with the stones, and also indigenous ingredients, like taro or breadfruit. Here are the pics:


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