Don’t have much time to write, I am making apple crisp for everybody here and I have to finish this blog before it is done baking!
The last few days have been really good. Thanks to some wise advice from my daddy, I am trying to make the most of my last week here. The other two volunteers are gone from my school, so I am the only one there now. It has been a little lonely, but the kids are great as always. Yesterday, I went with Chuwanna, the principle, and another teacher to pick out flowers for some big event that the school is having. Thai women are hilarious, especially opinionated ones like these ladies. They are always talking and I don’t understand a word they’re saying, so I just have to sit and imagine what on earth they could possibly be talking about.
Last night, Maggie and I took the two new girls in the house out shopping which was a lot of fun. It’s cool to be the “experienced ones” now and get to show the new volunteers the ropes. We showed them how to use the sky train and bargain for things at the market. I’m a pro now!
Tonight, Maggie and I went to Lumphini to see real Thai boxing! A few weeks ago, we went to see a boxing school where they were training the kids in Thai boxing (called Muay Thai here). For not really being a fan of people beating each other up, I really enjoyed myself. It was amazing to me how much respect the boxers have for each other and for their sport. First of all, there is a little band that plays during the match which consists of some kind of reed instrument, some kind of drum, and finger cymbals. (The reed player circular breathes the whole time which is so cool!) Before each match, the boxers do a kind of warm-up which is really more like a dance. Then there’s the betting. The Thai men that sit in the second and third class seats are constantly making bets on the outcome of the fight while also watching and cheering on the fighters. Watching all of that happen is really a show in itself. The fighting is really the least exciting of the things going on.
After the boxing was over, we went to the nearby market and I bought a new suitcase to bring all my souvenirs home.
Only two more days at the school… I don’t want to think about it yet : (
See you all soon!