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Hello Kitty

Posted on: July 20, 2009

Station Street, Kitty

After a fairly gruelling journey on Friday, Pontus and I arrived in Georgetown in the early hours of Saturday. During the taxi ride from the airport we saw some crazy minibus driving, the Banks brewery and some beautiful, wooden, colonial-style houses – not a bad preview for what’s to come, I suspect.

The apartment is slightly better than expected, with a few mod-cons inside and a hammock out the back. Norma, who lives downstairs and looks after our flat, kindly cooked us breakfast on the first morning.

We then set off on a walking tour of the city to get a feel for our new surroundings. The centre of Georgetown isn’t quite what I expected – i’s not all that built up and the traffic on the roads is relatively light. Although it’s clearly not the welathiest city, there doesn’t seem to be too much disparity between the richest and poorest.

Matt and Hugh have been busy getting to know the local VSO contingent. On Saturday night we went out for food and drinks with a few of them (one of whom has been blogging since she arrived in Sept 07 – read Hannah’s blog here).

Yesterday (Sunday), we went to NCERD to check out the facilities for where we’ll be teaching over the coming weeks and to meet Jane, the person who first put forward the idea of a Web Skills project. Happily, everything seemed to be pretty much in order.

Afterwards we did some nature-spotting (which I’m sure will be explained in a later post) and dropped in at the swimming pool at a local hotel.

Today’s the first day of the course and our first students will be two groups of school students. This morning we’ll be teaching some basic HTML; after lunch we’re planning to have a preliminary discussion around social networking, kicking things off by watching Us Now.

We’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime I need to get my things together.

Oh, and if the picture accompanying this post doesn’t explain the title, we’re in a part of Georgetown called Kitty. You can see more pics on my Flickr account.

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4 Responses to "Hello Kitty"

Really glad all groovy there.

Whatever is that submerged beastie in your Flickr photos ?

Don’t get them up the cut!

Best,

J

Great work Chris. Be good to keep updated on your trip. Are you ‘Open Sourcing’ the materials you’re going to be using to teach?

John – cheers! That’ll be a manatee – they’re kinda cool but I’ve no idea how they begat the mermaid myth!

Andy – ta chap. Yeah, definitely. We’re using a lot of open source stuff and we’ll be putting as many of our teaching materials online for others to use.

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