This weeks blog post comes to you in two parts! Why? 1.) It’d be too long 1.5.) To write and read.
LAMPANG! Dec. 6-10th As I mentioned last post I had a week long break from work so I decided to visit my friend (fellow ETA) Crystal in Lampang- North-West 2 and a 1/2 hrs from Sawankhalok, Sukhothai (where I’m currently living fyi). The first day was mostly settling in and catching up.
The 7th is where the fun began! We woke up early and met with the taxi driver we had rented for 1/2 a day. Sounds pricy right? Well 1,500 bht = 41 usd divided by two= 20 usd for a day for us to really take in her province; worth it. The first stop was Wat Prajomklao Rachanusorn. It was beautiful and breath taking. Literally when you consider the mini trek up because it was steep. Then again very mini since you’re driven up the whole way up practically.
After a good hour and a half soaking this place in we went to Lampang’s Chaeson National Park. Here you have waterfalls, hiking, hot springs, thai massages, and you can even camp here if you’re interested. For us we only did the first four. Plus we cooked some eggs in the hot springs. I was a bit skeptic at first, but when we ate them later in the week they were so good!
The next two days were spent at Crystals house and school, which happen to be the same place. It was really exciting to see a different school and culture in Thailand. In Lampang they speak Northern Thai which is actually pretty different from just Thai. From what I understand, Northern Thai people can understand both dialects, but normal Thai speaking people can’t understand Northern Thai dialect. As for me, I can’t understand neither. Okay, well I’m working on just the Thai dialect. I’ll get there. I hope.
Crystals school is from k-9th grade which is completely different from my students who are 11th and 12th graders. She also teaches a LD (Learning Deficiency) Class. Pretty much she’s the perfect choice for this school since she’s got a lot of patience, unlike me -again I’m working on it. I really enjoyed her Kindergarteners and observing her teach in general, mostly when she would warm up each class by singing “Alive, Awake, Alert, Enthusiastic.” I also got to teach most of her classes: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It was eye opening and helped me brainstorm for when I would go back to lesson planning too.
Other things we did was cook! We made spaghetti with cheese, and for dessert we made banana bread in a RICE COOKER!
Lastly we came to her coffee shop twice because I loved the owner! We got down to coffee talk and I was simultaneously teaching Crystal about the tastes and aromas coffee has. And the steps to tasting an espresso: see, smell, sip. The owner’s name is P’ Jam and she said she was coming to San Diego to see my boyfriend’s coffee shop. Hope it happens!
Finally, Thursday 6am was the call to go home for a day. The bus ride was an adventure. *Note: this was my first official solo trip in Thailand so even if it was only 3 hrs I was a bit nervous. Especially going home, when we were going back a different route that went to 2 different provinces first before it got to mine. I got to Sukhothai at 10:30am and had to wait until 1pm for the bus to take me home. 8 hrs busing to do something that should take 2 hrs & 1/2. Amazing Thailand.
Regardless Lampang was fun, relaxing with great company.
Pics from Thursday and Friday:
Noe’s Birthday dinner!
Good food at Si Satchanali with traditional style cooking. Aroy Mak! Also a note on the menu: 10BHT= 0.28USD/ 20BHT= 0.56USD/ 25BHT= 0.70USD. No plate here is more than 70 cents! Think about that when you pay $7.00 for a Happy Meal.
Part 2: Weekend in Chiang Mai to be continued…