Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Karaoke and Suphanburi

Sunset from a cool little bar over the reservoir by us
Happy belated Thanksgiving to all the American's that read our blog! We hope that it was a truly great holiday weekend for everyone!!!

Graham and I were so sad to not be with family this year :( I enjoyed skyping with everyone but missed experiencing my family's crazy antics in person, although they did a great job of making up for it throughout our entire call. Graham especially missed not being in the States for Thanksgiving, because it is his favorite holiday, and the food his favorite. Poor guy did manage to make pretty good mashed potatoes by boiling them in a hot water heater though, which I thought was very inventive of him. We were joined by our American friend Katie, and our English friend, Jessica, and had and  a nice "Thanksgiving" dinner of pasta, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken, so not all was lost.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Loi Krathong Festival-Our Night as Popstars

Hundreds out of thousands of flower boats which were floated away for Loi Katron
Note: We will do our best to make sure that the first picture in the post always links to the full gallery, while the rest will just link to larger versions of themselves.

Loi Krathong is a Thai festival to thank the goddess of water for the rainy season, and offers celebrators a chance to symbolically let go of all their grudges, anger and defilements to start life anew on a better foot. For us it meant these things, but it also meant an awesome party at our school! We arrived straight from Bangkok into the craziness, and as we were walking past tons of lights, with multiple sources of music blaring in the foreground, we felt as if we were walking to a rave or something.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Five Year Anniversary In Bangkok and Meeting some New Friends

From the rooftop restaurant where we rang in our 5 years together!

We hope everyone is doing well! It is yet another very tired Monday. I just taught 2 classes and Graham is teaching his third class right now. Only a couple more to go! The good news is the reason we are so tired is because the end of last week and this weekend were incredibly fun! I guess I will start at the beginning (a very good place to start...)

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Best and the Worst

Group of guys, including a monk, hanging out and watching a soccer match.
I have been wanting to write this post for awhile because, like most adventures, this one has pushed our usual range of happiness, sadness, and every other emotion to the poles. There are so many fantastic things we are experiencing, but definitly a fair share of difficulties to accompany them. Here therefore is our list so far of the Best and Worst of Thailand.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Exploring Our City, Dan Chang

Another (hardly) manic Monday. I am sitting here in the computer lab, feeling slightly high from all the paint fumes I am inhaling. Poor kids, I wonder how they are learning anything today. We had another very good, very short weekend (isn't that always the case?)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Life in Dan Chang

There are so many little things that are different about life here. In this post therefore, rather than focusing on any larger experiences, we wanted to zero in on some of the details of daily life. Warning: this may only be interesting for our more hardcore readers.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thailandish Weekend Warriors

Soooo, we just got back from yet another sweet weekend in the town of Kanchanaburi. Prior to the weekend we had another busy week helping with spelling bee word pronunciation, feeding puppies, and eating an amazing dinner hosted by our new friends James and Taygan (local falangs, the Thai word for foreigners with white skin, who we are soo happy to meet!). The range of emotions I have felt (and that I know Graham has felt) since we got here has been really all over the map. Last week was hard because English teachers are being shuffled all around, and we never know what exactly we are supposed to be doing. I feel like I am already pretty go-with-the-flow, but seriously after this I could be a Taoist teacher. Either that or I might turn into a water puddle, I'd go with the flow so much! Life in Dan Chang is treating us well overall though.
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