Loving Life In Thailand

By Tracy W., Teach in Thailand 

Everyone told us it would take about 3 months to feel settled and “at home” here in Thailand. Well, they were right. It’s really starting to hit us how much we are going to miss it here. Life is so laid back and worry free that it makes it hard to want to come home to a place where work and money is uncertain. Of course we miss our families so much, but being on the other side of the world has really made us want to travel more and see what else is out there.

We have been so fortunate to make so many Thai friends and have them show us around and teach us how to order different kinds of food. Our friends Kiw and Joom, the couple from the nail salon have taken us out to dinner several times and even cooked for us. Tar, the older lady who owns a small restaurant loves to take us out to eat “Farang food” (Foreigner food.) Last week she took us out to a really nice steak restaurant and paid for everything. The steak was almost a “real steak” and it was quite delicious! This past week my brothers friend Ong, who is now our friend too came down from Chiang Mai to hang out with us. We took him out to dinner one night and he treated us another night. We love going out with Ong because he is fun, he speaks English well, and he teaches us how to speak Thai. I think we are up to 25-30 phrases that we can speak in Thai! That’s more than I ever imagined when I first heard the language.

One of the things I love most about our experience here is all the people we have met. Not only do we have Thai friends now, but we also have some from London, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia, and of course America. I hope to be able to visit them in their countries one day.

Another thing I have really enjoyed here are the joys of culture shock. Different life styles, foods, bugs, reptiles, customs, are all good examples of things we have had to keep an open mind about. I swear I will never get used to the restrooms here. A hole in the ground and no toilet paper is something I have tried to adapt to, but really it’s just a pain in the ass. Buddhism on the other hand I have found to be quite interesting in a positive way. Every temple we go to we have had a different experience at. Ong taught us a lot about the meanings of prayer at each part of the temple. It was really neat getting to experience it with him and understand the meaning of everything we were doing.

So for the most part we have been spending our free time exploring more of Phrae and trying to save money. This coming weekend, we have been invited to teach at a college English camp in Uttaradit. It is the province south of us and is only about an hour away. They will pay us 2,000 baht each and also provide food and accommodation for us. I am excited for this experience but nervous at the same time. Teaching college level students is intimidating, but I think they will like us if we can get them active and playing “English games.”

It’s very hard to believe we only have 6 more weeks of teaching left and 10 weeks of living in Thailand. It feels very bitter sweet, but I know we will be happy to return home. Until next time, Sawadeeka! Good bye!

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