Its been quite a while since my last blog post and I hope you haven't stopped checking in!
The reason that its been so long is because I've been out of the internet/phone zone for the past 1 1/2 months, in several different villages. First, Batu Belok, then flew to Long Kerong, then Long Speigan. In that time, I lived with Penan families, trekked a bit, learned some of the language. I have many photos to share with you.
So, this post is about my trip to Batu Belok. I was there with a group of students from an Brisbane State School who were doing a project for the Penan pre-school. The kids in the pre-school were precocious and adorable.
|This is the river where we bathed everyday. The women wash clothes against a well-shaped log. One moonlit evening, I was trying to wash my clothes. When the ladies saw the pathetic job I was doing, they laughed and scrubbed my clothes for me!|
|This is one of the houses in Batu Belok. As you can see, they can be quite basic, however they all have satellite television:)|
We went on a little trek to a waterfall near the village. It was a really nice walk and when it got too ot, we just jumped in the river to cool off! Here is me looking worse for wear.:)
|A Penan hut that we passed on the trek|
|The lake and waterfall|
|The Penan people caught fish and cooked it for lunch|
|Me with two friends, admiring an orchard|
|The kids really seemed to like playing with my hair. The boy behind me is combing out knots (tough job!)|