Late last night, I arrived at Prachomklao College of Nursing in Phetchaburi, which will be my home for the next 6 months. I was met by my three, wonderful coordinators, Angela, Apple, and Kàan (pronounced like ‘gun’), who picked me up at the Ebina House in Bangkok and escorted me to my new living arrangements. These little Thai ladies were shooing me across streets, laughing at what groceries I picked up, and wanting to know what I thought about the US government shutdown. It was exhausting trying to keep up with them. The entire past week has also been a whirlwind of tiredness, sensory overload, and extreme curiosity at how I find myself to actually be here + all topped off with not being able to get an answer on the curriculum I will be teaching, which may pose a problem because I start on Monday! Even with all of this hoopla, I am having an amazing time!
I have been here for one week, and I feel like it has been one month! Check out what I have been up to in the last 7 days:
a raging metropolis with driving I have never before seen performed along any thoroughfare…EVER! I am fairly sure one of my driver’s was borderline blind and another was not the man in the official taxi license picture. However, they got me from point A to point B. Colorful, cheap clothes are everywhere in the markets of Bangkok; picked up some awesome items for under $5 along with jewelry and beer! The food is plentiful, weird, spicy, but damn good!
The main purpose for staying in Bangkok was to attend an orientation that would explain the Thai education system, give us pointers on lesson plans, and to make fast friends with other teachers. Our days were packed full from 9am-6pm, but it was well worth it to get to know some great people and learn the essentials.
We also had a few field trips! The first major stop was the Grand Palace.
My Grand Palace tour guide, Eddy, is the one who told me, “Take off those Western glasses. You are looking through elephant now.”
Thank you for those wise words, Eddy.