Hello world 🙂
I miss everyone and have been thinking about all of you all week. I hope you all had a fabulous week!
It has been a fun and productive week over here in Thailand, yet still pretty sa-baai sa-baai (pretty relaxed in Thai terms). We worked all week to put on an English and Life Skills camp for 200 local sixth graders. It was a pretty cool way to give back to a community that was willing to take on over 50 crazy farang (foreigners). My group was full of awesome people and we were tasked with teaching a lesson that incorporated feeling words in English, as well as some discussion about identifying and communicating feelings. I don’t think I have ever sang and danced around that much lol…oh the things you will do in the name of education and just plain fun 🙂
Each group had two local high school students to help with some of the translation needs and to practice their leadership skills. My group had the two coolest 11th graders that have ever existed! Naam and Bookie were such a huge help, and it was so cool to watch them come out of their shells over the week. They even led the discussion question for the kids on the big camp day. I was really proud of them.
We followed up camp day with a trip to Bangkok (or as everyone here calls it Krungthep) to visit the Peace Corps office, and more importantly stuff our faces with pizza and nachos. Yes I did both. My friends and I decided to take a van to Anusawari Chai and then take the local bus to the Peace Corps office. I love a good adventure! We took a tour of the office and while we were there we met up with two volunteers from the group ahead of ours (so they have been here a year). They showed us a good place to get some farang food and we sat around just relaxing and talking for a few hours. Just a nice relaxing day all around.
Which brings me up to this morning which I spent attending a monk ordination ceremony with my family. My Paa and Meh’s nephew was the one becoming a monk so the whole family was in town for the event. All 40 or so of the family members of course treated me just like one of the family so that meant being included in the family photos, as well as dancing around the Wat for an hour in the celebration parade. They seemed to get a kick out of the big farang shaking her groove thing, and I was happy to oblige.
Other than that this week has been pretty much the routine as usual…meaning a lot of bike riding, language classes, and eating rice :). I did start running again with two of my friends here and we are hoping to do the Angkor Wat Half Marathon in Cambodia on December 7th together. My family here things I am nuts to bike 20 kilometers and then go running at night, but then again I think they think most everything I do and say is a little bit weird lol. It feels good to be getting back into shape.
In case you were confused about how common squat toilets are here in Thailand, here is a sign from a rare instance when I actually found myself in a stall with a western toilet. Instructions are needed!
Time here is flying and before I know it I will be on to the next part of this adventure. For those of you who have been asking I will find out where in Thailand I will be placed for the next two years on March 12th and then actually go to my site on March 19th. My Paa told me the other day that he hopes they place me right here in Suphanburi. These people melt my heart 🙂
Be kind! Peace.