Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
22Trip End Jan 25, 2013
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The village is over 100+ years old. There are 300+ villagers and around 120 homes. The people work in one of the following village trades: Coffee, Tea (pillows, leaves, fermented), Home Stay, Hydroelectricity, Local food shops, Security and Thai Massage. There is no personal gain in one’s trade
After our morning session we walked back to our homes. During our walk the students were to create a "walking map" of the village. They were to count the number of steps from one building to another, taking note of the important businesses and landmarks along the way. We stopped to interview an 86-year old women along the way. She is not the oldest in the village. There is another women who is 92 years old. Our interviewee was born and raised in the village. Her single son lives with her and helps to take care of her. She told us that her home was the only home that was visited by the King of Thailand. He had come to the village to see how he could help them. Her home was the closest to the temple so he came to visit her in her home
After lunch we reconvened at the Learning Center to compile the information that everyone gathered using the 7-Tool Community Assessment. The students learned a lot and found it very helpful. Around 3 pm we went to the temple area where the villagers taught the students how to make bamboo baskets and animal toys (frogs, crane and fish). The faculty went to the coffee shop located at the top of the mountain. The view was gorgeous and it was so tranquil. While we were sipping on our coffee, a huge peacock came to join us. Apparently, there are 4 in the area. He was absolutely beautiful and was not afraid of us.
Following our break, Decha and I received a 2-hour Thai massage. It was not the most relaxing massage I ever had. They were rather strong so I was in a fair amount of pain. I tried to hide it but Greg said he heard me moaning. A 2-hour massage was only $9. At this price I could afford a daily massage. The students received a 1-hour massage at their homes. Jeremy was to get a Thai massage but he fell asleep waiting for the therapist. So, his therapist arrived to find him asleep so, he missed out on his massage. Boy, was he disappointed when he woke up.
We had dinner and talked with our Khun Ma during the evening. She was born and raised in the village. She has several siblings that live right around her house. She had 2 sons. One died 5 years ago at age 19. He was traveling home on a motorcycle when he had an accident. She is currently living with her other son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren. She had developed a ruptured appendix and was in the hospital for 23 days. They expected her to die from her infection. Her son moved in with her to take care of her and they have lived together ever since. She is 55 years old and very active. After a time of conversation we called it an evening and went to bed. It was a little cooler than the night before. But still good sleeping weather.