Our last day off for a while: Sunday 11th September.

Sunday was our last day off for 6 days as we are starting work on Monday – we all wanted to do something constructive with our day off rather than just lazing about. We all decided to go to Mile 4 (here they name things in the mileage from Sandakan which is the biggest town) We wanted to get some yoga mats as Vicky, one of the other volunteers on the project is a yoga teacher and we all wanted to give it a go.
We got three taxis from our guesthouse, it was a fun car journey dancing to the radio and singing along, I’m sure the taxi driver thought we were crazy!
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It was really confusing walking around, we got lost – ALOT! We went into various sports shops but were holding out for one in particular which we were determined to find! We walked around all over but everything looks the same, the streets are in blocks so it’s difficult to know where you are at times!
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We ended up walking over the bridge to get to the other side of town to try and find the sports shop (we weren’t giving up!) and an ice cream shop which is meant to be the best in town! After crossing the bridge and walking for ages in the backing hot sun we found the ice cream shop….it was closed!
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We stopped off in another shop and after asking the shop owner we realised that the sports shop we had been looking for was actually in another place completely and we could only get there by car!…so we called it a day and decided to stop somewhere for a well deserved drink!
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We were still determined to find ice cream but we had to give up in the end because we were exhausted and HOT! We found a nice little cafe that did iced smoothies and juices so we all settled for a crushed fruit drink, kind of like a slush puppy. It was gooood! Vicky and Kelly also went off to find yoga mats and came back victorious! We then all sat down and enjoyed our lovely cold drink!
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We then came home and decided to go to the pool that’s a short walk away in a hotel. It was so hot and we wanted to cool off from our trip around the town! Five of us went down there and it was glorious! We then sunbathed on the sun loungers, making the most of lazing about as works starts Monday and we’ll be so tired!
After our swim we came home, had dinner then Vicky gave us our first yoga class! It was so much fun, we were all pouring with sweat instantly as it’s so hot here, even in the evenings. It was so relaxing and was great to do it all together, Vicky is a great teacher and we hadn’t realised we’d be doing it for an hour and a half!
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Another jammed packed fun day, before the real work starts!!!

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