ASPIRATIONS @ VILLAGIO
This week has been one both of business and sadness. Joy received word that her youngest brother, Wally, had died on Tuesday morning after a long time of illness. Our distance away from the family made it hard for her although modern technology allowed her to make contact with his family and her other brothers it is difficult to share mutual grief over 12000 miles.
Back here in Doha we seem to have settled into the routine of 4.30am starts again and the offering of advice and challenging teachers and students to take advantage of the opportunities the education reforms are offering.
Outside Aspire Centre. A statue of the world supported by the hands of knowledge with New Zealand in the best space - visible!! (Unlike Australia, hidden by the giant hands.)
Outside of the dome are the other facilities needed for athletes - training tracks, swimming pools and medical /physiotherapy rooms all standing in readiness for any international or regional games that could occur in the area.
Once they had been shown around the dome their teacher decided to take them to Villagio the shopping mall modelled on Venice that sits beside the Aspire Centre.
Needless to say their approaches were politely ignored by the girls.
We eventually got them back to school where they were persuaded to write stories or descriptions of what they did during their experience at Aspire & Villagio around the photo record their teacher had taken.
The boys dancing in Villagio as they try to impress some non Qatari girls.