A Day as a Thai
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
22Trip End Jan 25, 2013
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Today was Bri's first day in school. She is taking classes at the Faculty of Humanities at Chiang Mai University. She had orientation today. She finally received her schedule so the Wanchaitanawong family can begin making plans for her stay in Thailand. Pi Jip is getting her bedroom ready. As she exits her bedroom door she faces a big Messiah College afghan blanket that is framed and hung on a wall in Pi Jip’s home. So, she will always feel like she is home. She now has a phone so she can text and call her mom on a regular basis. Something tells me that Jeremy will be hearing more from her than I will. She is enjoying her time so far. Her group, of 25 students, has 4 Thai buddies that are helping them to get acclimated to their surroundings
She is doing a good job bartering. She got 2 Kilograms of Mangosteen for 20 baht. Remember 30 baht is $1. No one could believe she got such a good deal. She has recalled a fair amount of the Thai language and is picking things up very quickly. She is going to be just fine. The students in her group thought she was an alum coming back to help Aj Mike as a leader. They were floored to find out that she was one of them. I believe she is going to make a lot of friends. She has already helped out her group in so many ways. Bri starts her internship on Tuesday. She wants to work at the RICD which is the School for Disable Children. She can walk across the street at the end of the day to Pi Jip’s school and than catch a ride home. This should work out well for her. She has had to navigate her own transportation and order her meals on her own. I found out today that Chiang Mai University is a very hard school to get in to
Jeremy is fitting in to the Thai culture very well. He is getting very comfortable with some of their customs. He likes taking his shoes off when entering a room and he likes eating with a spoon. He asked me, “When I return back to the States will I revert back to the American way of eating or will I continue to eat like the Thais.” He likes scooping his rice onto a spoon with his fork. I guess we will have to see, won’t we? His buddies wanted to know if he would like to live in Thailand. He replied, “I guess I could but I am not sure how long I could live here?” This should prove to be interesting since Bri wants to teach English in Thailand for 2 years after she graduates from college. He is doing well learning some Thai phrases. He knows the words for bathroom, elephant, ox, “thank you”, “My name is Jesadah” and several fruits. His Thai name Jesadah means “super man”. Boy, has this gone to his head. lol
This morning we participated in morning ceremony. The Thai buddies met the students at 7:30 am and assisted them with where to stand during the morning session. The first year students now wear brown “scout” uniforms that they do not like
We ate at a small street restaurant after the hospital. Most of the students ordered some form of Pad Thai. I had a wonderful spicy chicken breast salad and Greg had a spicy kale and shrimp salad. It was all very good. After lunch we went to visit the Queen’s Botanical Garden Project. It was absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately my husband had not charged the back up battery from the Elephant Camp so I ran out of battery early in the visit. Needless to say I was not happy b/c for me the whole point to going to this site was to take pictures. Oh well, one less photo session to bore you all with upon my return home. We drank Rose tea and found it very pleasant in flavor. I bought a little packet of roses so if anyone is interested in trying it, let me know.
We got back to the college around 4:30. Students were to shower and get ready for their Thai buddies were coming at 5:30 to get them ready for the Kohn Toke Dinner tonight. All of the students bought their own outfits at Kad Laung on Sunday. They were beautiful. Pics to come. This year we went to a different restaurant. The food was a lot better and the entertainment was about the same. We had an interesting event tonight. Apparently there was a couple who rented out the restaurant for their wedding reception. The restaurant never told BCNC about the wedding or the couple about our reservation. So, here we were sitting right in the middle of the wedding party. They did not know us and we did not know them. They were a little upset and talked to Pi Jip later that night. From conversation it sounds as if the restaurant was the one in error. Oh well, we had a good time and it did not stop the couple from enjoying their evening. They just did not want to have to pay for all of us. Totally understandable.
Everyone was exhausted and ready for bed as soon as we got back to the campus. I have a few things I have to get done before bed so good night everyone and I will try and blog tomorrow night.