I have lots to share but lots to do so hopefully I can break through this and give you all the stories I’m excited to share.
Halloween: was filled with spooktacular fun!… Just Kidding it actually felt nothing like Halloween. I was still in Si Satchanalai with Edie and we went to a home stay for lunch with our Thai friend Bom. They made their food traditionally there, more importantly it was Aroy Mak (very delicious)! Later that day we went to my first ‘football’ (soccer) game! Our team was Sukhothai FC with a lot of orange to help root for the team.
Throughout the week: I started learning the Thai alphabet with P’Yu, was taken out to a few “Welcome to Thailand” lunches/ dinners, and started Insanity.
What stood out my first week of teaching is what the students wanted to know about me, teaching Spanish to Thai students in my Spanish Club, …and how one of my students came up to me and said “Teacher I need to improve my my listening and speaking skills, can you tutor me?” Of course I said yes enthusiastically, but she then asked “how much?” I was surprised. I even gave her a confused look which made her give me a confused look. I understand teachers may charge students and it’s normal here, but I don’t think students should have to pay in grade school. She wants to improve, so she will… FOR FREE. Even if Fulbright doesn’t allow me to have a side job and have any other form of pay, I still couldn’t charge a student for wanting to learn or any other student if they pile up on me with time. That is what I am here for. Also, because I didn’t take her money her mom was at my house the next day ready to take me and her daughter out for dinner. It was one of those lasting impression moments 🙂
Travelers Delight Weekend! On Saturday me and P’Yu decided to go to Phitsanulok so I can go to the mall and get a VGA adapter for my Macbook. I was picked up at 8am and we started towards Central World! It was nice to be in a car and feel an adventure upon me. Just to be able to sit in the passengers seat of a friends car, I hadn’t done that since I left America. We got to Phitsanulok by 10am and got what I needed in 5 mins. We ate at the mall and then made our way to Wat Nang Phaya.
After we went to the Phitsanulok Museum and the Sukhothai Historical Park! “Private tour” It was really funny, throughout the entire day P’Yu kept apologizing for her driving. I was more entertained than anything. I could also tell it was out of her comfort zone but she was still having fun. After we went to my place and cooked.
How to Sunday Fun Day! Step 1: See monks get initiated Step 2: Free breakfast at the temple Step 3: Go to Flower making factory Step 4: Phitsanulok and say hi to Central World again (not for me) Step 5: Go to 3 Chinese Temple on the hills of Phitsanulok (I wish I had the names for you) Step 6: Eat free lunch at the temple Step 7: Joke about going to Phetchabun Step 8: Actually go to Phetchabun Step 9: Stop at Route 12 Step 10: Go to Khao Kho to see the temple Step11: Dinner
Chinese Buddha Jewels on the floor Side profile Sorry there isn’t more of me in the classroom I pretty much have seniors in High School so they are preparing for tests and a bunch of commotion. Even this week I won’t see 8 of my 10 classes oh well Sabai Sabai, I will have a chance to make an even better lesson plan for them.
Bpai Lá Ná Ka! (Bye/ I will go now in Thai) Elaine ❤