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Second list of questions asked by the Pupils of the School of the Clos Herbert in Caen in France (In 2 parts): :

Coming now, we have indeed the famous questions asked by the pupils of the Clos Herbert in Caen. Today, these questions will be separed in 2 quite distinct parts:

- On the first hand, the questions by pupils of preparatory school and elementary shool on the topic of water

- On the second hand, a series of questions about various topics asked by pupils of CE2-CM1-CM2


I-Questions asked by the pupils of CP and CE1 about water:


1-Are you thirstay? Have you enough water?

Obviously, like each one, my body needs to have enough water to be able to use to the maximum its resources. It happens sometimes to me to be thirsty, but it hasnt been a very big problem since the beginning of the voyage.Indeed, I began my trip in winter and the cold didnt make me use many of my water resources. It may be different in Africa, and this problem can indeed become more important.

2-Do you see water (sea, river..)? Is the water hot?

During my travel, I could see several times the water, whether it comes from sea, river or lake. With regard to the sea, I have turn around the Mediterranean basin, so I could see the Mediterrannean sea several time. Water was not really hot and I didnt go to swim so far. However, I will discover the Dead Sea in Jordan, which is the lowest place of the planet (until 417 meters under the level of the sea in the lowest part) and the Red Sea that I should cross to arrive to Egypt. In these places, water is hot all the year

Here is the Gulf of Corinth in Greece

3-Is it raining?

Yes it rains sometimes and I must say that the rain was my enemy number one as a hitch-hiker. However in these arid areas of Syria and Jordan where I am currently, the rain is something that the people like because it makes possible to irrigate the grounds.

4-Are you in the desert? Is it dry?

I was lastly in the desert in Syria. I will see it again in Egypt in the Sinai desert. In winter, during the day it is not very cold but I imagine that the temperature must go up very high in summer. The desert is dry and arid, the vegetation is almost impossible on this type of ground.


In the desert, no agriculture is possible


5-How can you drink in the desert?

The first rule in the desert was for me to not lose myelf or tonot getting far from any population. So I went to the town of Palmyre which is an oasis, because this city has a water reserve. To hitch-hike, I have used the main roads, which i thought were more useful because there was more traffic. The drivers often proposed to me to drink some tea, which is a hot drink and which is better than a cold drink to hydrate.

6-Can you see Water Tower?

I didnt notices in particular water tower on my road. The majority of the buildings in the villages collect rainwater which fall on the roofs thanks to some ingenious system. I had the chance however to be able to visit a very old castle in Syria, the castle of Saladin. In this one, there was a 30 meters length cistern on 10 meters in height which made it possible to hydrate all the population of the castle. The rainwater was get in various places of the castle and was falling to the cistern.

The cistern of the Castle of Saladin


7-Is there some lake?

I have seen several lakes on my way. The prettiest so far was the lake of Ohrid in Macedonia. The lakes are very often with spring water but it exist also some salty lakes.

The lake of Ohrid in Macedonia


8-Is there some fish?

Of course, in the marine or lake environments, there are very often alive beings such fishes. The Red Sea that I will visit soon appears to have a very various fauna and flora. Thus, we can find there fish of every colors, as the clownfish (you undoubtedly have heard about Nemo), the catfish.

Picture of a clownfish found on the web


9-How do we do in every country to wash ourself?

It is true that the fact of washing ourself can look as something easy in France, in particular when we wake up every day in the same place. The problem on a journey is very different because it is necessary to unceasingly find water points to wash ourself... what is very important to look clean when we hitch-hike. Thus, i had the occasion to take showers, to take baths (very few however), to wash me with the tap or with water bottles.

In Pristina in Kosovo, they didnt have water at night, we needed to use bottles of water


10-Is there some showers?

Most of the time, I am hosted by people who have showers but it happens that there is no hot water or that there is no water at all. The showers i have seen from Turkey are enough amusing: there is often no shower cabin and the water leave the bathroom by a hole in the middle of the room. I suggest you to not forget your clothes on the ground!

11-Do we use taps?

Yes, so far, the taps are frequents and especially in the big cities. However I suspect that in Africa it can be difficult to find taps everywhere.

12-Do we use more, as or less water than in France?

In Europe, I must say that I didnt feel a difference for the consommation of water. However, from the Middle East, I think that in this kind of country where the dry is important, the water is consommed with more moderation than we can do it in France. Thus, I could meet a bedoin in the desert in Syria which was leading his herd of sheeps to the nearest source of water. This one said to me that he lost many waterless sheep in the desert... I dont think that this bedoin can take showers every days.

The herds of sheeps

13-How is the weather where you are?

Her in Jordan where i am, it is still winter but there is more than 15 degrees for the day. In summer, the temperature to get up to 45 degrees sometimes.

14-What are the main dishes in the country where you are? What do you eat?

The meals are enough vary in Syria and Jordan. In the street, we often finds sandwiches of falafels, kebabs (almost the same ones that we can find in France) and also wafers of Arab bread (it is a very fine and round paste). The Breakfast are mainly make of salty food based on olive, fresh cheese...

The Breakfast in Syria

I also could meet 3 young French in Damascus who were doing a report about food in Syria. Their Internet website is very interessant and you can have more details about Syrian food.

Their website: syrie-a-la-petite-cuillere.over-blog.com


II-Questions asked by the pupils of CM1-CM2 about various topics:


15-Did you visit schools?

If everything goes well in the next days, I will be able to go to visit a school in the north of Jordan and to talk to them about the world through my project. It should be known that here in Jordan and Syria, the schools are not mixed. There are schools for boys and schools for girls. That was also the case in France several years before.

16-Which day do we go to school in the country where you are? How long time is the school (days, hours)?

In Jordan, the school and working days are somewhat different. Indeed, Jordan is a Muslim country at 95 percent. For the Islamic religion, the day of the prayer is Friday. In France, this is Sunday like day of rest (France, before being a laic state, was a catholic state and Sunday was the day of the prayer). About the schedules and the time of school, I will inform me directly from the schools when I will visit them soon.

17-Do we have to talk in english all the time?

Most of the time I speak in English. However, the majority of people dont speak English or one of the Western languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian). In these situations, I manage as I can. For example, I try to learn some useful words and sentences in Arabic for Syria and here in Jordan. Likewise, the language that I frequently use is the body language: I try to communicate by gestures (it is not easy because sometimes, even the gestures are different).

18-Have you seen children living in the street?

I havent seen for the moment any children living in the street because the family is very important in the Islamic religion. But I think that this kind of situation is possible.

19-Did you see children working (instead of going to school)?

Yes, I could notice that many times. I think the school is really a chance that you can have. Many children cannot have this. Thus, I could see children working instead of going to the school to bring back a little bit more money to their family. Often, I can see children shoeshiners in the street.

20-What are the new countries that you choose to discover?

My new way will lead me to Africa, continent which I didnt include at the beginning. If I arrive to obtain all the visas and that the situations of each State allow me this passage, the new countries that I hope to visit are:

A passage of Egypt from North to the South, then a crossing of Sudan from North to the Middle-East, then a crossing of Ethiopia from the Middle-West to the South, then Kenya from North to the South, Tanzania from North to the South, Mozambique from North to the South and finally South Africa to the town of CapTown.

My new estimated way

21-So far, what are the countries or the cities you prefered?

I prefer the diversity during the trip. Thus, it is more interessant for me to discover countries quite different from France. The countries which I cross in Europe didnt many differences with our country. This is why, as a traveller, I have prefered Turkey and Syria because I could note that i was really well welcome by the local population. With regard to the cities, as I like the sea, it will be a city on the seaside. So I have much like for his beauty the town of Genova in Italy.

The port of Genova in Italy

22-Are you going in Oceania?

I indeed inclued Oceania in my tour. New Zealand and Australia are two places that i am very interested to visit.

23-Did you participate to some big party?

I could take part to a large gathering for the New Year Eve in Istanbul. Nothing very cultural, this party was a meeting many travellers of every nationalities which enabled me to spend a good moment with more than 1000 people. I arrived a little bit late to Syria because I could have seen the Ramadan, or almost all the population stop any activity for the day for one month and the evening everyone is together to organize a feast.

24-Do you have already many souvenirs in your bag?

It happen enough often that I get gifts from the local popution. The majority of the things, I try to send them to France by post. Indeed, my bag is not very large and I cannot transport everything that the people give to me. It is also sometimes happened to me to transmit my objecft to people whom I met and who returned to France.

25-Will you write a book when you will be back?

I dont think to write a book so far but if I judge that I have something interessant to say and especially... if I succeed to finish my trip, itis possible that there is a book writen at the end.




Questions asked by the pupils of the Clos Herbert the 13/02/2008

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