Food, UFOs, and Hawaiian shirts

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Apr 14, 2011

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shrimp flavor is everywhere here. Chips, soups, "porridge" (which looks an awful lot like grits to me), anything you can imagine.  I know that Thailand has a lot of coastline and therefore a lot of seafood, but I think I'll pass on the shrimp flavored cereal, thank you. 

I thought that perhaps shrimp flavors where they didn’t belong was weird enough, but then Susanna and I made an expensive trip to Tesco for some food, and I saw the epitome of weird flavors, all in a row.  There were cans of Pringles all lined up, ready to be mocked.  No sour cream and onion or barbeque flavors here.  There was shrimp (of course), seaweed (also not so surprising), softshell crab, lemon and sesame, and blueberry and hazelnut.  I couldn’t resist a picture.

The stray dogs here are out of control.  Besides the fact that they are absolutely everywhere, the littlest ones are the most feared.  By the big ones.  I have found that as long as you don’t get to close to any, they’re pretty tame.  They’re more active at night or early morning when its cooler, but they leave you alone.  Unless you are a big stray dog, then the itty bitty yippy ones will chase you around.   Last night, we saw a little shiatsu looking dog chasing two large dogs and ferociously barking at them.  Then later, a little Chihuahua came out and scared off some more big dogs (as well as one of the girls I was with).  I saw it on Koh Chang too.  Watch out for the little dogs.

I went to the food market on Tuesday night and had the best experience thus far.  I’m already a customer for life thanks to the lady that makes salads (real salads, not Thai meat salads), but I found a place where they cook dark, leafy greens of some variety.  The greens are supposed to go in some pork soup, but I’ve learned to say, “only vegetables” and they gave me just a plate of greens.  I also got some chicken and rice from another place we’re pretty loyal to, and had a nice little balanced meal.  The best part of it all though, was that I found a stand that makes pineapple shakes (or smoothies as I called them before Thailand) for only 13 baht.  I had been buying them for 30 baht other places and thought I was getting a good deal.  Overall, best food market experience yet.  And all for about $2.

While at the food market, we saw a UFO.  Ok, not really, but we looked up in the distance and saw this circle of rainbow colors hovering over the sea.  It looked like a rainbow, except it was a compact circle instead of an arc.  I took pictures, but they don’t do it justice of how beautiful it was, and also make it look even more UFO-like.  We looked at it for a while and then glanced down for a minute and it was gone.  Dissolved into the air. 

Finally, I got my official Wednesday shirt, so I am fully a part of the teaching staff, as well as the school since students and teachers alike wear these shirts each week.  It is fantastic.  Blue Hawaiian specially tailored to fit me just right.  The tailor really wanted to give it cute and girly sleeves like the shirt I wore when I went to get measured.  I tried to decline as politely as possible.  She compensated by giving me fancy buttons and, wait for it, shoulder pads.  Those will be cut out shortly.  The students however, were very impressed.  I was told I was beautiful several times (that doesn’t mean anything, Thai people tell you you’re beautiful left and right).  Now all I need is a little blue bow to put in my hair so I can completely match my 4th graders.
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Sal on

PAHAHAHA! You know you have to rock the shoulder pads! Don't cut them out!!!

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