Day with the Thai Buddies

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
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Trip End Jan 25, 2013


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Sunday, January 13, 2013

This morning we began with worship. Again, we had Thai students join us in worship. Greg spoke on Daniel and the lessons we can learn from him. We sang several songs and had a time to share. After our worship time students had time to update their journals and relax b/c today is a big activity day for them.

I have one student who is getting a cold and does not feel well today. So she was advised to stay behind in the afternoon and if she feels better in the evening, she can join the group at the Night Safari. The students went to a noodle shop for lunch. Everyone loved their meal. A lot of students ordered Pad Thai. After lunch the Thai buddies accompanied the students to the King's International Garden. They spent the entire afternoon at this garden. It is very large and there is a lot of things to see. The students shared some of their pictures and they were absolutely beautiful. After the garden they had dinner and then they went to the Night Safari. They had a great time. This year they had their pictures taken with 2 different tigers. They got to feed and interact with several animals. Jeremy was sprayed by an elephant as they were passing through the elephant exhibit. He was sitting on the outside of the tram so he was the one who got the most. One of the Thai buddies got the elephant spray in her mouth. She tried to wash out her mouth several times. The students got back around 10 pm and were very tired.

Greg and I went with Pi Jip and Khun Anan to pick up Bri from Chiang Mai University. We met at the School of Humanities where we met Aj Mike and Aj Ann. Every student was sitting at a table waiting for the arrival of their Khun Mae and Khun Pa. We took pictures, conversed a little while and then we picked up Bri’s luggage and went back to Pi Jip’s house to get Bri unpacked and settled in. Her bedroom was prepared very nicely. After Bri was given an orientation to the house and their routine we went to the SomTum Restaurant at Soi Tantawan. We had several kinds of SomTum as well as Thai BBQ chicken and pork. Everything was great.

After lunch we went to the Airport mall for ice cream. Yes, ice cream. I do not know the last time I ate ice cream. The Thai people eat so much. Everything centers around food. Food is part of every social gathering. Needless to say we could not say no to this one. We ate at Ete, Ice Cream Shop which is a French word for summer. After our "snack" we went to see a Thai comedy. It was called “The Crazy Crying Woman”. We laughed from the beginning to the end. There is only one other comedy that I remember that was just as funny and that was the Thai movie we saw the first year we were here about a gangster. I am hoping we can find the DVD for this movie. It had English subtitles and sometimes I think the English subtitles are what makes it so funny. Before each movie a short film is played in honor of the King. Everyone stands and a song is played as the King is honored. It is a very touching time. The seats are very comfortable in the theatre. They are roomy, rock, recline and have plenty of leg space.

After the movie we went to a restaurant that serves rice soup with pork balls. It is very good but again not to be on my diet. We also had pork strips that were very tasty. We are so excited to find out that Pi Jip’s family is planning a trip to USA the last 2 weeks of May, 2014. We are going to have so much fun planning out their vacation. Everyone is looking forward to this vacation.

Greg and I returned back to the dorm before the students. I am starting to get a sore throat and I feel like a cold is coming on. I went to bed shortly after our return and Greg stayed up until the students arrived home. Boy, were they noisy. They had so many stories that they wanted to tell. Almost all of the students felt adventurous tonight so they ate water beetles, silk worms, crickets and grasshoppers. Some report they were rather tasty. I am so happy that they had a good time. I knew they would.
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Carolyn Kreamer on

Sounds like illness is lurking. The influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the USA with hospitals overwhelmed with cases. One hospital in Allentown, PA set up triage tents outside its emergency department to handle the overload. I hope you all avoid this infection. Blessings to all.

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