Yummy, Yummy in my Tummy

Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
Trip End Jan 28, 2011

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today's schedule allowed us to sleep in a little. We met at 9 am for worship. We shared our favorite verses and than elaborated on why they are so special to us. We concluded in song. Our breakfast today was "dippy" eggs, small hot dogs, corn on the cob, toast and cereal. A few of us are beginning to experience a little GI upset but everyone is managing. We are drinking a lot of water and electrolytes, taking Pepto-Bismol and Lomotil, and we have antibiotics on stand-by if needed.

At 10 am we departed for the Chiangmai Thai Cookery School. The owner of this school has been featured in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Let’s Go and many others. We began our day by attending the local open market. The teachers of the cookery school met us at the market. They took us around to the various vendors and showed us the basic ingredients of the Thai dishes. I pretty well lost any hunger at that time. The vegetable stands were ok but the meat stands turned my stomach. The strong smell of blood and fresh meat was not pleasant. And some of the meat displayed was unusual. Entire pig heads laid face up on tables as well as cow stomachs, organ meat of all kinds, legs, ears, etc. I do not think there is one item on an animal, fowl or fish that is considered waste. This visit just reconfirmed to the vegetarians why they are vegetarians.

Our first dish we prepared was “Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup” (Tom Kha Gai). This is a very popular soup in Thailand and a favorite of many. It was very easy to make and very tasteful. Several of the students did not realize that you were not to eat the lemon grass, the kaffir leaf and the ginza. You can eat the chicken and mushroom but the rest of the soup just provides flavor to the broth. The second dish was “Fried Big Noodles with Thick Sauce and Pork” (Raad Nag Muu). I believe everyone enjoyed this dish. By this time we were beginning to fill up because we have the pleasure of eating everything we cook. Each dish is introduced by a classroom demonstration. Following the demonstration we gather our ingredients and prepare our cooking station. Each person has their own cooking station. The staff is very helpful and assist you as needed. The third dish was “Red Curry with Fish” (Gaeng Phed Plaa). The fish we used was the Snake Head fish. We saw this fish in the open market this morning. I am terrified of snakes so the idea that I was going to eat something that resembled a snake was not settling well with me. I tasted the dish but will make this at home with another meat. The last dish was a “Fried Mixed Mushrooms with Baby Corn” (Phad Hed Ruam Khao Pod Om). This dish was very tasty. By this time everyone was stuffed and many people could not finish all of their food. We finished our event around 2:30 pm and headed back to BCNC.

The students have a little downtime before we head to the Night Walking Street at 6:30 pm. We prepared our gifts for the village, did laundry, packed for our trip to the village and napped. The school does our laundry for us but in Thai culture you do not allow someone else to launder your undergarments and socks so we must do these on our own. We do have drying racks in our rooms to help with the drying of our clothes.

One of my students has a birthday today so her Thai buddies organized a surprised birthday party for her. They got balloons, cards and a cake for the celebration. I believe my student was pleasantly surprised. Mission accomplished.

This evening the Thai buddies accompanied us to the Night Walking Street. The students have been looking forward to this event. They have wanted to buy items throughout the week and the Thais have told them, “No, you can get that cheaper at the Night Walking Street”, so tonight is going to be a big spending night for many of the students. The city blocks off a section of the city and vendors set up their sale items along the road. It can be very overwhelming because it is quite crowded with vendors and with shoppers. Buddies must stay together because it is easy to get lost otherwise. We learned that our first year in Thailand.

Before I end today's blog I must tell you that I will not have internet access until Thursday evening. We are headed out to Maegumpong Village for a 4 day, 3 night home stay. It is going to be very fun as this tends to be one of the favorite events as stated by previous students. So, hang tight, I will post my blogs on my return back to BCNC.
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Louann Zinsmeister on

Hi everyone!
I've been enjoying Debbie's daily updates. Wow, I am impressed that you've been able to keep us so 'up-to-date'. Sounds like you are having a terrific experience. Check out the Nursing Department Website - Videos and Stories. I posted a link to Debbie's blog and also some information about your friends in Zambia. Keep us posted.

Carolyn Kreamer on

I'm enjoying the Travel Blog immensely. Thailand is such a colorful country with interesting culture and experiences. It sounds like an amazing experience. Good luck in the village!

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