Another semester’s worth of instruction – DONE.
The girls have taken their Cambridge PET exam and are now waiting and hoping to take their CIT (IT exam). Well, “waiting and hoping” in the form of wandering around the college, having coffee and playing tinny music. Why would the college still require students to attend despite having finished their exams? Well, because the powers that be simply require a certain number of hours of attendance. Even if the exam were in the middle of the semester, the girls MUST rack up 1009 hours of instruction. Why? I guess so the government’s investment pays off. Or someone’s investment.
What I do know is that they are totally uninspired at this point. They’ve just taken a math exam and they’re done. Emotionally. Mentally. Physically. There is not much left in them. Hell, there isn’t much left in us teachers either.
Yet, we persist.
My team is trying to brainstorm something for the girls to do for these next two weeks. It’s actually 3 weeks, but who’s counting? Anyway, we’re hoping to do a talent show. Supposedly, next year, music and dancing will no longer be “haram” within the college. The idea is to have a talent show and craftswoman bazaar. The morning would be full of workshops conducted by our crafty students, where they will explain the history and technique of their craft. The afternoon would be a talent show featuring singing, dancing, spoken word, comedy, magic….whatever. Those without craft or talent will aid in the production efforts. Also, there will be a Cannes Film Fest where each of the 9 Level 3 classes will produce and show a short film to be judged. Anyway, it ought to be fun and interesting. Overshadowing this is the fact that after the CIT, whenever it is is, if it is, it’s very possible that attendance will drop off significantly.
Enough about work. What about life? (Granted, Life = Work Sunday through Thursday.)
Not a lot going on there either. I’m still going to HHH. Still staying in Khobar (or Bahrain) every weekend. I probably need to stay home one weekend; my apartment gets so dusty and untidy when I don’t give myself time to clean. I’m seeing if I can get some expat women together to open a private gym. If 5 or 6 of us pooled our money to rent an apartment and only furnish it with gym equipment… BAM! We’d even be able to earn a bit on the side by letting other ladies use it. I dunno. I don’t think there is enough confidence and commitment on their parts. I will likely buy my own heavy duty equipment and put it in the spare bedroom I have. The “gym” at the Accommodation is totally dysfunctional except for the light weight bar and bench. And my usual Khobar Compound Haunt’s staff is on the warpath of kicking me out of their facilities for SOME reason. I highly doubt they check the credentials of every person who uses their facilities. Why I get singled out as an obvious visitor…I don’t want to know. Thankfully, my host is willing to “fight” for me.
I’ve also been diligently planning my four day vacation in January. Oh yes. They are graciously giving us a 4 day weekend when we work in this prison for 9 months straight. The other 3 days we would have to take UNpaid. Eye. Roll. Anyway, I’m just gonna hang out in Bahrain. I’m trying to decide between the Ritz-Carlton (close to the city/action/mall but ~$900 with only one night with a sea view) or Sofitel Resort and Spa (not close to anything at all but ~$700 for two nights of a sea view). I will likely choose the Sofitel and stay there on the “off-nights” (not Thu or Fri nights) so it’s both cheap and leisurely. There is also something going on in the back of my brain that is saying “What if someone else wants to hang out with you at your posh hotel?”
I think I really need to ignore that voice. :p