On Tuesday, we woke up to a lovely breakfast. I had eggs, some lovely tomato sauce with toast and a strong instant coffee. The weather was inviting and warm but growing hotter still by the minute. After we had eaten we drove in a Teacher’s car to Purnea School. It was a bumpy ride to say the least but the view was fascinating- we saw cows, goats and street dogs. I noticed palm trees in the distance, lakes, swamps, farmers collecting food and people going about their everyday business. We also passed stalls and shops on the side of the road, as well as market places and factories. The roads near the market were no different to those in Kolkata; people walked in the street and tut-tuts constantly honked at each other to get some space to drive in the tight roads.
Once we got to Purnea School, the first thing which struck me was how modern it looked; the bright orange and purple on the buildings was truly eye-catching. We were first met by some older children warming up in the school field to as a teacher signaled with a whistle. The students were so obedient to the sound of the whistle and so in sync, that I found it so enticing; I couldn’t stop looking.
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