Published: August 27th 2012August 27th 2012
So much has happened in 2 days! Saturday morning we were booked to get the train from Bangkok to Tha rua which is where we will be living for the next year. We were meant to leave at 11.30 to avoid any traffic yet me and Robyn were clever enough to both put alarms on our phones for 9.30, yet neither of them went off and we were woken up by a knock on our door at 11.20! I have never been in so much of a rush in my life! 10 minutes to pack our rucksacks AND make ourselves look presentable to our hosts. I was sweating in places I didn't know I could sweat, shoving everything into my bag, running round. But we did it! The train journey was only 2 hours and went well.....but obviously something had to go wrong and it did just as I was trying to get off the train, squeezing my bag through the tiny door..the train started to move! I didnt realise at first, all I saw was sheer panic on Robyn's face as I was suddenly half way down the platform. Thank god it wasn't a Virgin train and went quite slow
at first so I managed to jump off with all of my bags to land on as protection!
Our host's are called Ben and Somchai. They are so lovely and so welcoming. They kept telling us how much they admire us for what we are doing. I hadnt really thought about how they see us before now, but it was really nice to see how much they appreciate us. They took us into Ayutthaya to show us the temples and force feed us every single piece of Thai food we walked past. We then went to see the elephants and as cute as they are and as funny as it is to see them dance and shake their bums to indian music....it was quite sad to see them chained up like that! Its the same with the dogs....I just see them all as poorly lily's (my dog) with broken legs and cuts... I want to look after them all!!!
I have just been to meet my first Thai class. They were all so excited to meet us. It makes you feel like royalty, one boy ran to the front of the class and burst into song, serenading me
with rolling in the deep by Adele and a Whitney Houston classic. I was gobsmacked!! Safe to say that is the class I am most looking forward to teaching.....
Its now 8.30pm and I'm sat in my second host family'shouse listening to the thunder, lightening and pouring down rain outside....can't believe the rest of my family are in Benidorm probably having better weather than me! Gonna go for my 3rd shower of the day, speak to you soon!
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