Sawadee Ka, Thailand.

I feel at home. I’m not sure if it’s Thailand or the simple fact that I am out traveling again, but whichever the answer, I couldn’t be happier.

I first visited Thailand while in college. I had chosen to study International Business in Chiang Mai (northern Thailand) for two months along with thirteen other WSU students. I fell in love with everything about it then and it feels like meeting up with an old friend now. The people, the culture, the food, the relaxed and calm state of all who live here. I can’t think of any reasons to not like Thailand, it is the Land of a Thousand Smiles, after all, and believe me when I tell you, you can find one on every corner.

I moved here to be an English Teacher with my friend Sarah. Sarah and I studied abroad in Switzerland together during college and we’ve both had the travel bug ever since. ‘English Teacher’ is what it says on paper but I like to think of my new role in life as a ‘curious-ateur’. Yes, it’s a made up word but I like it. Now, back to my role as a teacher…. Being a teacher in Thailand is a renowned and very respected position. I am very much looking forward to this opportunity and all of the things it will teach me about myself, those around me, and a more in depth look at the Thai culture.

I will be teaching secondary students, ages 12-18, while Sarah will be teaching primary students, ages 5-11. We start school on October 31st which means we have not yet met our students – I for one cannot wait to be up in front of my students. It’s going to be as much of a learning experience for me as it will for them. My only concerns right now are what games am I going to play with them? Word on the street is that Hangman is a solid choice and favorite among Thai kids – done!

So, what have I been up to the last week? Bangkok.

Meaning; orientation, sleeping off the minor jet lag (14 hours ahead of the West Coast), eating, learning, shopping, meeting the other 200 teachers, drinking, dinner cruising and dancing, riding an elephant, and making new friends.

Arrival and Orientation:

Arrival at BKK

Arrival at BKK

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Welcome Ceremony.

Thai Dance

Thai Dance.

Nightlife on Khaosan Road:

Khaosan Road.

Khaosan Road.

Bangkok Bar

Bangkok Bar

Rambutri Road.

Rambutri Road.

Tuk Tuk.

Tuk Tuk.

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Street vendors taking a laugh break from selling their items.

Mango with Sticky Rice! My absolute favorite. Aroi = delicious.

Mango with Sticky Rice! My absolute favorite. Aroi = delicious.

The Grand Palace:

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The details are so amazing. I thought this mix of the floral and textile work was beautiful.

The details are so amazing. I thought this mix of the floral and textile work was beautiful.

So colorful!

Go Cougs!

Go Cougs!

New friends, dinner cruise, and dancing in the rain:

Myself and Jackie.

Myself and Jackie.

Susie on the left, Sarah on the right.

Susie on the left, Sarah on the right.

Surprise dinner cruise!

Surprise dinner cruise!

Susie, Kevin, Jackie, myself, Mark, Jonathan.

Susie, Kevin, Jackie, myself, Mark, Jonathan.

A little bit of Thai rain!

A little bit of Thai rain!

Dancing in the rain!

Dancing in the rain!

Kanchanaburi, River Kwai Bridge, and riding elephants:

Our balcony looking out over the mountains.

Our balcony looking out over the mountains.

View from our hotel room.

View from our hotel room.

River Kwai Bridge.

River Kwai Bridge.

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Train across the River Kwai.

The bridge was bombed 3 times during World War II and rebuilt a 4th. It took over 90,000 POW's to build the bridge and thousands died. The bridge was used by the Japanese to move supplies and troops from Bangkok to Rangoon.

The bridge was bombed 3 times during World War II and rebuilt a 4th. It took over thousands of POW’s to build the bridge and many of them died. The bridge was used by the Japanese to move supplies and troops from Bangkok to Rangoon.

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A raised elephants trunk is good luck.

A raised elephants trunk is good luck.

The younger elephants were so fun and very friendly!

The younger elephants were so fun and very friendly!

Thai sweet "crepes."

Thai sweet “crepes.”

Coconut-y, sesame seeds, and maybe some sweet potatoes... not to sure but it was good!

Coconut-y, sesame seeds, and maybe some sweet potatoes… not to sure but it was good!

After a fun and quick week in Bangkok and Kanchanaburi we were picked-up by our school coordinators and taken to our new home in Mae Sot or Maesod (everyone has different spellings since the Thai do not use a Roman Alphabet)! It was a long 6 hour drive Northwest from Bangkok. The driver was a bit crazy and I thought we were going to die a couple times – no joke. Nonetheless we made it safe and sound! Our new house is consider quite luxurious for Thai standards. We have a washing machine – thankfully! Now, we have some time on our hands until school starts so I think we  may head North to Chiang Rai!

My new home! Loving the bright color. :)

My new home! Loving the bright color. 🙂

New kids on the block!

We’re the new kids on the block!

5 thoughts on “Sawadee Ka, Thailand.

  1. Cassie what an exciting life you are living keep the pictures coming. Love to watch you as you take your journey in life. Cousin JoAnn

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