Summer English Camp
Trip Start Feb 02, 2006
31Trip End May 14, 2006
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Someone has asked me to describe the toilet to you so the squeamish should skip this paragraph. Imagine that your toilet were squashed down to about 4 inches high. a squat toilet is on the floor, open hole, with 2 footprints to stand on. first you pull UP your pant legs because the floor is nasty
I may have given you the impression that Thais are not clean and this is totally not true. They bathe at least twice, sometimes 3 times a day - morning, before dinner, before bed. They put on clean clothes after each bath. I have been stuffed into a songtaew (those trucks with benches) with 20 other Thais and never once have I smelled any body odor. Even the grungiest working men have shirts that you know started out clean that morning. Students live in corregated metal shacks and their uniforms are clean and crisply pressed everyday. You wonder how they do it. They sweep continually, too.
Sunday night my principal took me to Ban Saen which is a beautiful beach. On the way we went up a hilltop overlooking the ocean to a place where scads of monkeys congregate. I don't know why they all stay in that one place, although the view is spectacular
That reminds me, I have developed a system for getting around in Thailand that seems to work. First off, I would never travel around in Asia without a phone, that's a given. Then I have 2 reliable people (my teacher from Ban Phe and my principal) who help me out. I get someone to write down (in Thai) the name of the place I am going to or the bus stop I need to get off at or whatever. I use the rule of 3 - I tell 3 people on the bus to please tell me when we get to xxxxxx and show them the paper. Thai people love to help out farangs. Then when I get off the bus or get to my destination and need further help , I call my principal and hand the phone to the nearest kindest looking Thai. She proceeds to ask them where I am or she asks them to direct me to XXXX. Or I get a taxi , call Gee or Samarang and hand the phone to the taxi or tuk tuk driver and they tell him where to take me. It's a good system.
Next weekend I am going to Khorat which is the gateway to the Issan (or Essan) area of Thailand, the northeast corner. Much more remote than around here. If that's possible.