The Director and Safety & Security officer of Peace Corps Philippines visited Romblon during Thanksgiving week and took the five volunteers in the province out for dinner at the Deli. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin tarts – and our director even thought to bring cranberry sauce. Our merry group ended the evening with drinks and singing at a local videoke bar, and woke up early the following day to snorkel at Cabanbanan, one of the best reefs in the province.
I’m pleased (and relieved) to say that my students have finished working on our world map, and other than the fact that Antarctica is missing one letter, it’s just perfect. I often notice kids investigating it during break time, and recently saw a teacher bring her entire class out to the map for a lesson. Best of all, a fellow teacher is now considering organizing a Philippine map and Romblon map project.
Typhoon Bopha leveled several towns in the Southern part of the Philippines last week — over 600 people are confirmed dead, and many more are missing. Fortunately, my little island tends to stay out of harm’s way, so we had just a bit more rain than normal.
I’ll be leaving next week to spend the holidays in Baguio and Sagada, where one needs a sweater and long pants, and cannot wait for this break from my tropical paradise because lately the heat and isolation have been getting to me.