Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
22Trip End Jan 25, 2013
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Boromorajanani College of Nursing
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
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
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
Well, I better get to bed, Tomorrow is going to be a fun and busy day. Everyone is looking forward to the Elephant Camp.