Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Laew Poap Gahn Mai ka แล้วพบกันใหม่

แล้วพบกันใหม่ / See you later.
Several weeks ago I made what was simultaneously the simplest and most difficult decision of my life when I decided to move back to America.  Returning to my family and native culture feels right at this point and I am excited to explore career opportunities outside of teaching.  However, the experiences I had in Thailand have been some of the richest moments of my life and the people and lessons I've learned abroad influence my understanding and perspective of the world on a daily basis.  It is a consolation to have so many photos of happy times from my life in Thailand.  Nobody likes goodbyes so let's just call it a 'see you later...'

School Life

Home Life
My two-floor apartment

Sweet Sugar

Patients at the nearby clinic offering alms in the morning.

 My flooded neighborhood after a morning downpour.

The view from the back of the supply boat headed to Koh Samet. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"Winter" 2014-2015

I was so lucky to have my sisters visit just before Christmas.  The good news it that we packed a lot must-see-and-do's into a short amount of time.  The bad news is that I didn't bring my camera for most of it, so you'll just have to believe me about things that happened, like dumping Megan off a motorbike on Koh Samed, snorkeling, visiting Chatuchak Market and Rama 9 Park, taking in a Muay Thai fight, drinking lots of beer towers, and eating spicy food.  Katie and I also made it up to Chiang Mai, where we saw a pretty amazing cabaret show featuring some fierce ladyboys.  So sorry about the pictures, but I was caught up in the moment.

Hahaha so funny they passed out...


This photo is exactly as I saw them that night.

 Chiang Mai's Huay Tung Tao Lake

 'Tell me more about your frugal ways.'

Rocking out to a classic hit or pooping?

Katie and her friends from Portland, Bethenny and Shoshana.  And some photo bombers.

Technicolor Buddha

Bamboo scaffolding supports reconstruction efforts on a stupa

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Christmas celebration at school

 Back row, center: sad Olaf

 Mary and Joseph

 Angel mafia

 Melting Frosties

 And a triumphant finale

Some snowmen, some stripes, and an Elsa

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Black-shouldered Kite

 When firework debris falls in your eyes...

Up, up, and away.

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Children's Day at school

 Mr. Harry working the crowd during storytime

Zippin' down the slide with no sense of up, down, left or right

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Darn sink is leaking cats again!