This Sunday was a school trip to a garden and swimming pool with 1st to 5th class (over 300 students). This meant almost all of my students would be there and they had all been asking me if I was going and chatting excitedly in my classes about it. Everyone squeezed on to 6 buses (4 to a seat) and off we went. Music blaring through the speakers, kids and teachers dancing in the isle. Just going on the bus made everyone even more excited to get there!
When we got there we saw the swimming pool was slightly shallower than described, but seeing as out of everyone there, students and teachers alike, the only people who could swim were Catherine and I. Which made everyone splashing about trying to swim all the more stressful. But as we were joined by Kalyani (in a sari) and about 5 men standing around the pool with canes to make sure the kids weren’t doing anything silly.
After everyone was all done swimming and very well fed (in true Indian function style) we played a few games of kabaddi – my team beat Catherine’s (go 5 B/S!!). Kabaddi is very popular here and it is basically capturing someone from the other team and wrestling them to the ground. On the drive back we were lucky enough to drive past the beach(?). We stopped outside to have a look from inside the bus, to be fair there were so many of us it would have be absolute chaos if we were allowed to go. We also stopped at a temple which was very calm and peaceful before it had children running all around it!
Days like these really make me appreciate India and how much I love it here. I really love India. It’s sporadic field trips, the children dancing on the bus, the smallest thing can just make you so happy and feel incredibly lucky to have experienced it