Jet Lag

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2013

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Boromorajanani College of Nursing

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Friday, January 4, 2013

This year we arrived in Chiang Mai at 11 pm Thursday evening. We were determined not to sleep on the flight from Seoul to Chiang Mai but no one could fight the overwhelming desire to sleep. The consequence was that no one was tired when we arrived to Chiang Mai. We all went through immigration without any problems and all of our luggage arrived with us. As we left the baggage claim area the BCNC buddies, staff and faculty met us. As is tradition, we all received the jasmine flower arranged in a necklace or bracelet. Oh, does jasmine smell wonderful. It is a beautiful small white flower that unfortunately does not dry nicely. So, keeping our treasure long-term does not work out very well.

When we arrived at the Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Christina's buddies had purchased a birthday cake for her and all of us joined in with a Happy Birthday song. The students enjoyed some cake and Roht Dee. Roht Dee is one of my favorite desserts; however, it is not an item I can eat on my current diet. I had a bite while everyone else enjoyed them. Roht Dee is like a warm crepe. It is filled with different substances (chocolate, banana, mango, etc) and it is covered in sweetened condensed milk.

We all unpacked and from student reports, sleep took over from 2:30 am - 4:30 am. The nice thing was that we did not have anything scheduled until noon so we could sleep in if we needed to. Several people were up around 8 am and enjoyed an American breakfast of eggs, toast, ham and little hotdogs. The rest of us slept a little longer. Lunch was served around 11:30 am and consisted of the Thai traditional foods of Pad Thai and Mango with Sticky Rice. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their lunch. One of the nice features of Thailand is the different and abundant fruits and vegetables. Today was a day where students began experiencing some of Thailand's fruits. Everyone is eager to try everything and I believe for now everyone has been happy with their choices.

Following lunch we met for our program orientation. The orientation consisted of an overview of BCNC, the Royal Family and Chiang Mai. The students were given a tour of the campus and then we all went to the bank to exchange currency. The currency rate of exchange has gone down over the years. Today it was around 30 baht for $1. By the way, you get a better exchange rate if you convert $50 or $100 bills vs $10s and $20s. I do not know why I did not know that before this year. A slow learner I guess.

At 5:30 we joined the BCNC faculty and staff for a New Year's celebration. We had a buffet of wonderful food: Masaman Curry, Green Curry, Whole Fried Fish, Cucumbers, Naam Prik, Green Bean with Pork, and a vegetable dish. Although there was some spice it was not too much. We exchanged gifts, enjoyed karaoke, and socialized with one another. It was a very festive occasion. 

We left round 8 pm because jet lag set in. We were all sitting there with glazed eyes and Nong Maew offered to escort us back to the apartments. I am pretty sure everyone will sleep good tonight.

Tantawan left us tonight. Abigail, a former Messiah alum and current English teacher for BCNC, escorted Tantawan to her hotel. Her group is arriving tonight so she had to join them at the hotel for she begins her spring long program tomorrow. Although I am excited for this opportunity for her, the mom in me already misses her. This is going to be a long semester for Greg and I. We are confident that she is in the Lord's hands and for that reason only we have peace about this experience. God bless you babe. We love you.

Well, I better get to bed, Tomorrow is going to be a fun and busy day. Everyone is looking forward to the Elephant Camp. 



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pjlinstedt on

Glad you're safely there! Have fun with the elephants!

Marti on

Good to hear of safe travels - all the best for Bri! Pictures of the elephants are always fun :-)

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