Archive | September, 2010

Wowza, it’s been a while

26 Sep

Well, since Molly came (and for a few weeks before that) I’ve been too busy to update. Mostly I’m too lazy to upload pictures and there’s just too much to write about. So I’ll give you a little synopsis. Molly and I had an AMAZING time. I know it’s cheesy, but I would have been happy to sit in a hotel and snuggle with her. Ok, that sounds weird. It’s just been lonely without her. The kind of loneliness that you don’t realize you have until it stops. Anyway, I dropped her off safe and sound at the airport around 4:00 this morning and it felt weird, again, to sleep alone. I’m sad to have her gone, but it was totally worth it to see her.

Here’s a brief rundown of our trip. We spent the first weekend in Chiang Rai, hanging out with the other volunteers. Molly got to come teach with me at the Buddhist temple and the monk taught us how to meditate. Molly got to have the full Mirror experience and then we headed off to Chiang Mai where we did tons of tourist-y things: cooking class, white water rafting, elephant riding, riding the river on bamboo rafts, temples and more temples. A bunch of volunteers met us that weekend and we partied the night away. We shopped, danced and enjoyed (very) early morning kababs and roti with condensed milk. Side note: America, can we please adopt the kabab as our preferred late night snack? Seriously, I don’t think anything in the world tastes as amazing at 3:00 am.

After Chiang Mai we took the bus to Cha-am beach in Hua Hin where we spend 3 totally useless and lazy days soaking up the sun. It was well worth the money we paid to stay at a nice place (considering we hardly left the property). Thanks to the Courtyard Marriott we had (what seemed like) the most comfortable beds in Asia, a huge tv to watch our pirated DVDs, a beautiful pool, an empty beach that was steps away, and delicious food. It was even worth the heart attack inducing 500 baht I paid for sunscreen.

We then traveled back up to Bangkok, where I must say, I was really a party pooper. I’ve had a cough for over 2 weeks now that finally developed into a full blown sickness. I spent nearly one entire day in our hotel room sleeping. Molly was amazing and kept me supplied with subway sandwiches, water and my favorite milk cookies. We managed to do some shopping, massage getting and sightseeing. The grand palace is less enjoyable this time because of┬áthe rain, but it was still beautiful. And the endless supply of all night pad thai can’t be beat.

Tomorrow I join two other volunteers to travel for another week and then it’s back to Mirror. Even with all the fun I’ve been having, I really miss volunteering. I miss my bed at Mirror, seeing the kids, and especially the other volunteers. I’m more happy than ever that I decided to stay an extra 6 weeks. I’m just not ready to be done yet.

More updates (hopefully with pictures this time) soon to come. Love and miss you all!

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I’m staying!

10 Sep

Well, it’s official. I just changed my flights and I’m staying in Thailand for an extra 6 weeks. After my 2 week holiday with Molly I will be traveling with two of my most favorite volunteers, Melissa and Patti, for another week. Then I come back to Mirror for 5 weeks.

I am excited beyond words for Molly to come visit. I will get to see her in about 4 hours and I can hardly wait. I don’t think I could manage staying an extra month and a half if she wasn’t coming to visit. However, I am also insanely happy that I do get to stay. I feel like I have just started to really get to know the Thai staff here at Mirror. I’m finally comfortable enough that I can get things done without having to be asked and am able to come up with projects on my own. Basically, I feel like I’m doing a good thing here and I don’t want to stop. Most importantly, I’m HAPPY. I figure that true happiness is kind of a rarity. I should embrace it when I can and hold on to it for as long as I can. I never expected to love Asia so much, but Thailand has become my second home.

Quoi Meu Sii Keoh (Right hand red)

7 Sep

Twister - Thai style

This week we played a mean game of twister to practice our Thai colors and body parts. Although I ended up losing the game (because I’m so uncoordinated and my balance sucks), I will say that I was the best at remembering the Thai words. Go me!