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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep March 23rd 2018

We ended up staying up until 2am last night at the hostel talking to a group of fellow travellers from Canada who have given us a bunch of useful advice. They told us from first hand experience, the ones who con us are mostly European living out here scamming young travellers for a living. The bastards. Today we explored the old town in 36 degree heat. Ice smoothies are a god send out here. They literally chuck a bit of fruit into a blender with ice and charge 30 baht which is around 70p... it’s bloody heavenly. I’ve even managed to get Dean to invest in some colourful Thai pants to cover his knees when visiting the temples. There are just over 300 Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai. We’ve come across one every 50ft that date ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep February 2nd 2018

Well, it has been a crazy return since last Friday. I definitely need a few days to relax, but I haven’t really given myself that opportunity. Maybe, I am crazy! Friday night, I had family over for food, gifts, and pictures. I had to complete about four hours of homework for my Saturday clinical and was unable to go to bed until 1am. I had to wake up at 5 in order to leave in time for my clinical session in Gettysburg which was from 9-4:30. I quick ran some errands afterward, and soon after met up with my boyfriend for dinner. Fortunately, I have had a little bit of time to reflect on my two objectives I created before this course began. I had two objectives coming into this trip that I want to quickly ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep February 1st 2018

Well, I don’t think I have too much to say about today. It was extremely chill. We started off the morning going to breakfast at BCNC and then headed over to the coffee shop nearby the school called Maliwan. We had past it many days and always got back to the school after its open hours. It was everything I loved: Ferns. Thai tea. Good conversations. Calm early mornings. Friendly greetings. Strawberry shirts. Sunshine. Cat figurines. Wooden tables with fine, clean lines. I could go on and on about how happy I was at this coffee shop. It seems so simple, but sometimes the smallest and simplest things bring us the most joy. After this I was able to go back to BCNC and have independent devotional time, which was most needed. During my devotional time ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep February 1st 2018

Yes, I’m a little delayed in my journal writing. Yesterday, was the 25th and our last day in Thailand. We spent the morning doing evaluations and talking with the staff about our time in Thailand. I thought that things came off harsher than I would have liked them to sound, and I felt slightly annoyed by the complaints that were being made, given that we had already talked to Debbie about most of them. I recognize that I make cultural mistakes all the time, but it is frustrating to me that people continue to push American ideas and reactions onto situations even after already talking about how to do things better and more respectfully. At least evaluations are over. I am hoping that next year goes just as smoothly as our year. I was extremely bummed ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep January 24th 2018

It’s Monday, and we were back to business. We were able to “sleep-in” and have breakfast at 8:30. I guess I’ll take what I can get. I had to spend the rest of my morning working on the presentation. I have a lot of work to do given that I agreed to make the powerpoint in addition to the researching. I using enjoy making powerpoints, but I’m feeling a little salty about it since other people are out having fun right now. I get a little “FOMO” when I’m doing schoolwork simply because I enjoy adventure and exploring. I felt rushed all morning but thank goodness I spent 30 minutes to work out, though it was just a short time compared to my usual workouts. Everyone seems stressed out of their mind, and I have no ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep January 22nd 2018

Today was definitely not what I had expected. We were all so excited to go to the beach, so the wake up at 530am wasn’t a big deal but…. then we found out that after our plane ride we had a bus ride. That bus ride was supposed to be “2 hours” which actually was more like 4 hours. Then we found out that we would have to take a ferry for 45 minutes which was actually a little more than an hour. Then we took a bus on the island to the hotel. It was about 12 hours of travel for our 3 day weekend. I immediately felt bummed. Dang we would only really be spending about one day at the beach. I immediately realize how selfish I was being. Here I was in one ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep January 15th 2018

Today we visited two locations: Donkeaw Health Center and the Bagkok-Chiang Mai Hospital. The morning went so well, and I could have cried by the beauty of all I was seeing and experiencing. The community center was ranked number one for community hospitals in Thailand for good reason. They showed us a movie clip about their hospital and offered facts about all they do. It was unbelievable how they got to where they are now. First they took the risk of shifting from ministry of public health to ministry of internal services in hopes of getting more money in the long run even though they could not be promised dependable and stable financial income. They also went from house to house in the district to survey what each household’s conditions were such as disabled and bedridden ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep January 8th 2018

Today is our travel day to Chiang Mai, Thailand. I’m going to be honest, I’ve been panicking a little bit. It’s been an emotional overload processing going abroad once again. I haven’t left the country since the fall of 2015 during which I studied abroad in Rwanda, Africa. My experience was rough to say the least, but if I can manage to make it a few days without food (and no money to obtain food) as well as deliver stillborn babies day after day, then I can do just about anything. I am worried about compassion fatigue as well as an overload of unmanageable emotions. It has taken me a fairly long time to adjust and feel safe in my surroundings. In addition, I can sense myself getting more and more easily annoyed by first time ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep January 7th 2018

Sawasdee kah, Last night I woke up at 4:30am and could not fall back asleep. Greg said that’s just jet lag and it should get better. I hope he’s right because I need to sleep so I can have energy. Today was a very busy and tiring day. I visited the Doi Sutep temple, Royal gardens, and the Red Cross Winter Festival. I tried a lot of new foods, and I enjoyed most of them! For breakfast I had fried garlic chicken and dumplings which were delicious. For lunch we ate out at a food court. Brielle and I split a noodle chicken stir fry and two fruit smoothies. Then all of our Thai buddies started bringing us different foods to try. I tried a fried banana, mango sticky rice, and shaved ice with gelatin pieces ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep January 7th 2018

Today was another day on our own with our Thai buddies, whom I feel we are getting to know much better. I can see some of the Messiah students really engaging with their Thai buddies, yet it frustrates me to see other making much less of an effort and staying with their fellow MC students. Oh well, this trip will be what we make it and how connected and engaged we are. We began the day medicated on Dramamine as we drove up the winding roads to the doi suthep temple. On the way there, we made a stop at a road side scenic look out which had many vendors. It dawned on me that these vendors make food and sell items just for the tourists and visitors; this is how they make their living. I ... read more
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