Day 30: ISU Preparation and Short Story Analysis
It was our last day in Phnom Penh and our last full day of preparation for the ISU Interview. In the morning, we met to write in our journals and plan the day. Then it was time to get down to work. The students googled the best cafes, planned their route, negotiated tuk tuk rides, and spread out across the city. At midday each group fulfilled their teachers’ request by sending a photo of themselves doing work and “having a blast”.
It rained in the afternoon which cooled the city down but the class was plugged into overheating laptops. We had class in the evening and read a short story together to practice our literary analysis. Mack provided a killer minimalist synopsis of a Hemingway short story while Yale was the first to light up from understand the ending of Hoshi’s strange tale about a bottomless pit in a small village. There’s something nice, in this digital age of individual devices, about coming together as a group to read good fiction.
After dinner, we met up for a dip in the pool and for students to teach their favourite card games. Vanessa thought her table picked up on Durok pretty quickly considering it was the first time she was explaining it without speaking Lithuanian. It was a welcome break from studying, analyzing businesses, and reading about earthquakes or human trafficking for World Issues. Now it’s time to pack up for our next stop. We leave in the morning for the beaches of Sihanoukville.