Finding Familiarity in Thailand

First of all, I can’t believe I’ve been here for over a month already! Time is really flying by.

I am STILL peeling 10 days after being in Koh Samet, to say I got a bad sunburn is an understatement, but at least I’ve gotten a little bit of a tan going on now!

School is getting better everyday. I found the trick to changing my students behavior…a sticker chart! It’s almost cute how driven they are by just a little sticker. My mom sent me a box of kids books which have also really come in handy. I’m not sure my students understand the stories, but they do seem enthralled by the pictures.

This last weekend a group of us went on an adventure to Ayutthaya, which has a lot of historical significance to Thailand. It used to be the capitol of Thailand from 1351-1767, but was destroyed by the Burmese. It was really neat to see! While in Ayutthaya we also went to a floating market. This was essentially exactly what it sounds like, shops and things that are floating on a river. It was really fun to wander around, and I got to hold the cutest little monkey!

I’ve been keeping busy with teaching and travels, and have come to find comfort in the simple ordinary tasks that remain a necessity no matter where you are in the world. Things such as laundry, dishes, and keeping up with the house. There’s something familiar about it that I’ve really come to enjoy! Which is funny because I’ve always viewed those things as simply a chore.
Thailand is definitely a very beautiful place and I love the adventure every day seems to bring!

Kayla Westhuis is currently participating in the CE Teach in Thailand program.

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