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1 April

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Saturday 1 April

 

What daybreak revealsArabella Churchill

 

I wake early to catch the diary up to date. When day breaks, I see what a lovely place we are staying in.

 

Once Hags is awake, we walk down to the beach, 5 minutes away down a lush and leafy lane. It is a lovely white sand beach, with fishing boats and the dive shop and just a couple of small restaurants. Very low key and local and sweet. Both rooms and food are far cheaper here than in Banda Aceh.

 

How to entice performers

 

It's a really lovely place and it will be a good lure for foreign performers that we want to entice to work as volunteers for CWI in Aceh on their way to or from Australia - we could ask them to do a week's work of mostly 2 shows per day in Banda Aceh, and then a week on Pulau Weh - mostly holiday, but, say, late afternoon shows (which are hot, but great fun) on 4 or 5 of this second seven days. Lots of good work could be done, but the performers could also have a lovely rewarding and enjoyable time at very little cost to the Charity. We need to find cheaper accommodation in Banda Aceh itself though, or the budget will go to pot - we will go and investigate the Green Paradise Hotel that we have been told about, which is apparently very nice and far cheaper than our current Banda Aceh hotel - apparently it is chock-a-block full right now, and has a constant waiting list, but maybe we could book the right amount of rooms for the bigger proposed Children's World International Tour later this year.

 

The biggest eel

 

We go to Lumba Lumba Dive Centre and meet Marjan who was so helpful answering all the long emails I sent her from England. We go out for our first dive. The visibility was not brilliant, but we see the biggest free-swimming honeycomb moray eel we have ever seen - truly huge!

 

We have a delicious, quick and cheap lunch on the beach of fresh tuna and avacado sandwiches and mango juice, and then Mr. Fir comes to collect us and drives us the 4.00 show at Iboih.

 

Families in tents

 

Ibioh is a village that lost a lot of houses in the tsunami. Muslim Aid have built some new houses, but some families are still living in tents. Haggis did a good show. The "head man" is very pleased that we have come and loved Haggis's show.

We could probably have managed parachute games here, as there is some good central space, and we could also probably have managed badge making, We say we will go and see them again next time we are on the island. (Apparently 4.30 is the best time on weekdays, or mornings on weekends.) We meet Leela (a very nice Australian woman who lives in Ibioh, and she says she will help with badge making, etc. and face painting next time we go.)

 

Back to hotel. Dinner of barbecued fish and bed.

 

WILL SEND SUNDAY AND MONDAY'S DIARY THE MOMENT I CAN SPARE THE TIME AND ALSO WILL TRY TO GET SOME PICTURES OF HAGGIS'S SHOW UP. ALL GOING VERY WELL - MOST WORTHWHILE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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