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  • As a group facilitator I have met many interesting people. Lydia was the most interesting and amiable person that I have had the honour of knowing.

    Lydia was born in a small village in Papua New Guinea. She married an English missionary who brought her to live in Bournemouth.

    I could imagine the culture shock that she experienced. I had some experience of culture shock when I went to live in Mexico. It was as if I had journeyed to a different world. The music, the food, the weather, the customs, the way men and women communicated with each other; was all totally new to me.

    Lydia told us that she grew up in a small village where everyone was considered as an extended family. She said before she went to school she would step out of her hut, feeling the early morning dew on her bare feet, and stretch out and pick a banana from a tree for breakfast.

    She came from a background of rich storytelling and I encouraged her to tell us the legends she heard as part of her childhood.

    She really enriched our course.
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