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Published: February 17th 2010
Chloe and Ed Stelmach
In January, Ed Stalmach the premiere of Alberta dropped in to visit the our school (CIS). My student (who is one of the cutest among the cutest class in the world) had her picture taken and then she was in all the newspapers in Alberta.
Well here at school there have been some exciting things going on! The premiere of Alberta came and we sang "Oh Canada" ...how original but perhaps he got a thrill from hearing it from kids so afar away? It was funny...I think he thought he was going into Taliban country because he had this huge entourage of guards. Apparently some unknown politician, even from most of Canada, needs to be extra cautious... My student who originally lives in Alberta went up to him with her mother to say hi and get her picture taken with him. All the photographers that were there started to take pictures and it made it in the newspapers in Alberta...not sure if it was in any other provinces paper?
About a week later, we had this cool event at school. They do it every year...international day where the parents sign up to organize a booth with food and items from their home country. There were booths from about a dozen countries with all kinds of traditional meals served like sushi from the Japanese booth and potato salad from the German booth. Before we went into the gym...each class had to pick a
Here we re playing a bit in the morning.
nation and present something. I picked England. Now apparently there was a problem with my choice. First, I was told that I should not consider England a country...I had to include Wales and the rest of the U.K. Someone else from Ireland said it would be insulting if I included all of the U.K. and said it was a country. Not knowing what else to do, I crossed my fingers and kept my choice. To further complicate the matter I had the bright idea to make hats with the Queen's face. Not sure how that went over...I didn't look into the crowd for fear of seeing some poor British person in tears over the desecration of their Monarch. I had three students ready with a sentence to say before our big performance. The first said "This is England" and pointed to the shape of England we had outlined on cardboard. The other said "This is Queen Elizabeth" and pointed to his inappropriate hat. The third was supposed to say " They drink a lot of tea" but when I called her down she , Yasmin, shook her head like there was no way she was going to do it. So
My students in their national dress: Bulgaria and Austria.
a little boy, Maddox, stepped up and said it really loud into the mike. That got a laugh from a few in the crowd! Then came the BIG performance. We got in our places and sang...."I'm a little teapot"! Hey...it went with England and it's the only thing I could think of. Two children were crying their eyes out through the whole thing of course but it went pretty well other than that.
Another thing that happened that week was I got a certificate for completing a month of Boot Camp. Okay...I have received several as I have been doing boot camp for a while now but what was cool was that we met at a coffee shop at 8 am in the morning on Friday (that is the start of my weekend) and were served a piece of chocolate cake as a reward. None of us felt much like it at that time but it was the thought. I met Wolfgang's family. He is the bodybuilding Australian/German who claims to have eaten the following animals...2 horses, emu, snake, a goanna and others but by this point I think I was still stuck on the horse thing. I would
Here is one of my students geeting on his outfil: His Dish dash (long tunic) and his head ware (not sure of the name)
have told him he was full of shit but...lets face it...he probably would have said he ate that too. He says they had no refrigeration in the wilds of Australia and had to butcher and skin his own meals. They had to eat the horse within a couple of days of having killed it. His wife said that where she works they were thinking of opening a petting zoo (she works at a stable). I suggested that she keep them far away from Wolfgang as... he might get a little peckish. He's actually a great guy. He makes fun of all the men who make noise when they work out...says the neighbours must love it when he is in bed with his wife...so noisy. His sexual jokes are always a little surprising but funny...especially when they are aimed at others. Trevor usually gets the brunt of his jokes but takes it well. I would be as quiet as a church mouse if I were him!
The week after, I had my friend Michelle and her family over for supper. The kids got to make their own pizza and then we chilled out a bit and discussed Canada and I
Here is my class sitting outside watching the show.
asked questions about Australia. It was a very international evening. They may have to go home as Liam has been laid off. That is happening a lot these days. They are looking for another job and I hope they find one. William is in my class and he is a great student...I would hate to loose him.
Bye the way...I am in a musical here in Abu Dhabi. I will be singing and dancing (Oh my god!!!) on stage in front of about 600 people (if all the tickets sell). I originally thought I would be a napkin as it is Beauty and the Beast but as it turns out I am the "Lady with the babies". I sing two lines alone and one line with another person and I am also in the chorus. For those who don't know...I have terrible performance anxiety. When I would simply go for my guitar lesson, I would immediately break out in a sweat when I would sit down and start to play...Not sure why I am like that but here's hoping this will cure it. There will be posters and t-shirts and I will have a funny costume. This will be
a serious adventure.
Bye for now,
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