Week 2 in Thailand; What?! What?!
For clarification I am currently in Bangkok enjoying orientation and 21 (soon to be 22) American’s who are fellow ETA’s. We are stationed at the international dorm of Chulalongkorn University. Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm we are learning Thai, possible cross cultural interactions, and how to “manage” a classroom. On October 28th we will be flown to our provinces and introduced to our host teachers who will help us settle in and show us the ropes of our school and location.
So how ya doin’ Elaine?- Now, good. This past week was everywhere and back in my head. I realized that: 7 days was the longest time I’ve spent outside of California, that I needed more down time if I was going to be able to keep up with everyone else, and that I know myself better than I thought, which was comforting. . . I know right, down time in Bangkok?! Well, I took it and it helped. Don’t worry, I have still done and seen new things; no I’m not stuck in my room all day.
So last Friday (10.2.15) I met my predecessor and he clarified a lot of questions in my head, but again he graciously kept a lot for me to “experience myself.” So therefore I shall. That evening, we went to this SUPER touristy place again led by our Thai friend Chatcha! This place was called “Asiatique,” lots of things to eat, shops and it even has a ferris wheel. Like the one in London, or Seattle, or the one they’re considering in San Diego.
Fun-Fact: to get in and out of Asiatique there is a FREE ferry! Where do you ever find a free ferry?! (Note Asian woman yawning who looks like she’s just enthused as Amy)
The following day I took it CHILL. Slept in, read, slept. Saturday was recoup day and it was beautiful.
Sunday: We went to the infamous JJ market. Why infamous? It’s supposably the largest weekend market in South East Asia, with 8,000 different stalls varying from food, clothes, furniture, animals and many more.
Although this wall looks like a menu, it’s actually a wall of thai food magnets.
Miscellaneous happenings throughout the last week:
Realized that the escalators don’t go until they are stepped on BEWARE! …Turned up on a Tuesday (again) I will go in depth on this one. Pretty much if you go to this club called “Levels” on a Tuesday, every 5 people get in free AND get a free bottle of Vodka with a purchase of 4 “chasers” 1 Sprite= 100 Bhat = 400 Bhat per Vodka Bottle price: $10.00USD per 5 people = $2USD every Tuesday night for a fun time, live performers, and pretty good music
And finally random acts of kindness: My next door neighbor Ollie (a Thai student who attends Chula) stopped by and gave me and my roommate some snacks from her weekend trip! Out of no where! It was so good and I loved her explanation for it “OMG sweet” What it is: ‘Kao Iharm’ sticky rice with some sweet stuff mixed into it in a bamboo stalk. I can’t wait to find this again. THANK YOU OLLIE!
Love ya, Miss ya, or Can’t wait to meet ya, Elaine ❤