It was the (third..and final?) official opening of the library where I volunteer two afternoons a week. The library is overseen and created by a German NGO, though all of the workers are Khmer and it follows a social business model where it strives to be completely self-sustaining, a goal that is finally starting to feel like a reality for the library here at my site.
Last week, several people from Europe, and mainly Germany, ventured to Cambodia to really kick off the remodeling of the library- now, learning center- and the beginning of the variety of learning opportunities the learning center will offer.
I joined in by offering to do something visually interesting for the walls. Peace Corps has a world wide World Map project, wherein maps are painted in various countries by various Volunteers. In Cambodia, that usually means on the outside wall of one of a Volunteer's respective school. My teacher training college already has a map, courtesy of a previous Volunteer. So I offered to paint one inside the learning center. While it wasn't ideal in terms of community action, it was fun and every single person- as in, every single patriot of Cambodia- was visibly excited when they encountered both the process and the map.
In fact, I got to re-draw and re-paint Cambodia on the map because a small Eastern section was accidentally not traced (I'm no artist.) It was fantastic to see the librarians and others point out that a section was missing and really had me smiling that, despite what may seem like a serious lack of geographical knowledge, they know their country well. Exactly as it should be.
Add all of this to a jaunt to the capital for a meeting which was simultaneously amazing and emotionally draining (for me), beginning a new teaching schedule with the (NEW AND ONLY!) female English teacher and getting a random, wicked throat illness, I'm done.
But I did find energy to teach some kids "duck, duck, goose" at the learning center this afternoon.
Or, rather, "duck, duck, chicken" as I really wanted to work on saying "chicken" instead of "kitchen."
And thus it was a glorious afternoon.