Monkey Mountain and thunderstorms
Trip Start May 06, 2010
101Trip End Apr 14, 2011
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The first thing they did was take us to (what the foreigners call) Monkey Mountain. We were worried that the monkeys might be asleep and not out since it was getting dark, but we were in luck. Lining the road as you drive up the mountain are monkeys of all sizes. We slowed down to take some pictures (Susanna has them all, so I will get some up as soon as I can get them from her) from inside the car. Katalina warned us not to stick the camera out of the car, because the monkeys would come and grab it, hoping it was food
After we drove down to the seaside to take some pictures of the sun setting, and were once again surrounded by monkeys. One climbed on the roof of the car and wouldn't get down, even when we hurriedly got back in. When we started the car, the monkey freaked out and started jumping up and down on the roof so hard that the roof was denting in and out under the pressure. He finally jumped off when we started to move. I think I’ll try and avoid the monkeys from here on out-I’m not trying to get a rabies shot in Thailand.
Speaking of, we all had to get a blood test as part of our work permit. Of all things, they test for syphilis
On Saturday, Susanna and I crashed a Thai wedding. Well, we didn’t exactly crash, we were invited, but we pretty much just went and ate and drank, and we didn’t know anyone, so it felt a lot like crashing. My school coordinator’s daughter was getting married, so she invited all the foreign teachers to the wedding. Thai weddings are quite the event, and take place over a very long time. The actual wedding ceremony was over a month ago, we just went to the reception. But the bride was gorgeous, the food delicious (I had some of the best sushi of my life), and we had a surprisingly good time.
I woke up this morning to the most terrifying thunderstorm of my life
Today we spent 8 hours (no exaggeration) shopping. We went to two different malls and a night market hoping to find yellow, pink, and purple shirts for school with no luck. Its really frustrating finding cute clothes that are in no way large enough for someone as tall as me (and poor Susanna is 6’2" so she’s really out of luck). Shirts are easier than skirts/pants, but still difficult. What’s really frustrating is that yellow is the king’s color, so everyone has it and wears it all the time because they love the king so much, but we can’t find it anywhere. Not even in small sizes. Is there some secret stock of yellow shirts that we’re unaware of? I guess I’ll be wearing the same shirt every Monday for 10 months, since I’m lucky enough to have found one.
School continues to go well. Tomorrow I may end up with an entirely new schedule because one of the teacher’s quit, but we’ll see. I hope to get some pictures of school soon!