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

One more day in Thailand, where has the time gone? Last night I didn’t sleep very well. I was restless, and my mind was going a thousand miles a minute. I woke up feeling tired and slightly strange. This morning we had bunny bunny and shrimp/rice soup for breakfast. I prefer the pork or chicken and rice soup over the shrimp, but it was still good. After breakfast we pilled into the blue bus and headed to another market/shopping area. The bus seemed empty without our buddies in toe. It was definitely a lot quieter and less entertaining. When we arrived everyone broke up into groups and started shopping. Melissa and I stayed together and searched for some treasures. Halfway through shopping I started to feel weak. I could feel the inside of my body starting ... read more

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

Today was our last full day in Thailand and now after the farewell party I am feeling all sorts of sentiment! To think back to our arrival at the airport and our first few days in Thailand, it wasn’t that long ago yet we have done so many things in between and gotten to know the Thai people around us well. It crazy to wrap my head around, even though Debbie tried to warn us! This morning my stomach hurt a bit, yet not enough to stop me from enjoying what I’m sure is our last breakfast with buddy donuts and glaze! Those things are seriously good and I am glad we didn’t learn how to make them, they are dangerous! My plate, half with delicious buddy donuts and the other half greens, carrots, and cucumber ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 23rd 2018

Friday Dude. We went to Koh Chang today and I honestly had no idea that it would take a whole day to get here. For those who don’t know (because I didn’t), Koh Chang is an island off of the coast of Thailand and it is beautiful. Look it up. Seriously. The reason we were going here was because one of the nursing professors’ (at BCNC) family members owns a resort. A legit resort that people vacation at. It’s called the Chill Resort. Look it up. Or I’ll show you pics eventually. Anyways, we flew to South Thailand (I’m not totally sure where), but it was about an hour and 15 minute flight. Piece of cake after that 15 hour one getting here. As we landed, I was informed that it would be a 3 hour ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 23rd 2018

Monday: January 23rd This morning I was able to sleep in until 8:00 which felt amazing. I had some breakfast and got ready for the day. Today was going to be more of a chill day as we had the morning off and then were going to sit in on a nursing conference for the afternoon. I was able to FaceTime with Alli and my parents who were watching the Eagles game and were keeping me up-to-date. I have missed so much football since I left but fortunately I will be home to watch the Super Bowl :) I let my food digest from breakfast and then around 10:30 I went for a run on a bike/walk trail along the main road outside of BCNC. Autumn and I ran almost 3 miles and returned to BCNC ... read more
Downtown with Mint.
Mint and Sarah eating grilled cheese.
The little ice-cream balls.

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 23rd 2018

Today was a chilled day as we had the morning off so I woke up around 0800 and went down to eat breakfast. We had some of the delicious snowballs filled with pork and custard. J After breakfast, a few of us walked to a coffee shop near the college and I got some Thai tea. It was a beautiful coffee shop that had lots of plants. That is one big thing I am going to miss going back to the United States…all the beautiful greenery that is here. I love walking around amidst the beautiful plants and flowers. I think plants make any building or area look amazing. After we walked back from the coffee shop I spent some time reading and then we had lunch (Khao soi which is my favorite! Chicken and noodles, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 23rd 2018

Today was another pretty chill day. For breakfast we had moo ping, sticky rice, snowballs, and fruit. I love snowballs so much. I really want to eat one right now. I’m definitely going to look for them at the Asia Mall when we get back to the States. This morning after breakfast a few of us walked down the street to Maliwan cafe. I got a blueberry Italian soda, which was pretty good. It was different from my usual Iced cocoa. Everyone chilled there until like 10:30, and then we all headed back to BCNC. Since we still had some time before lunch, Brielle, Melissa and I sat outside and read our devotionals. For lunch we had Khao Soi which was kind of spicy! I wish i liked spicy food. Around 1pm everyone went to go ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 23rd 2018

Woke up today feeling refreshed, positive, and ready for another day in Thailand! My “me time” last night seemed to prove successful. This morning we went to the Maliwan Coffee shop a few places down from BCNC and this was beautiful place! It was everything that my heart craved, coffee and delicious drinks and tons of hanging plants and pots everywhere on their porch. A good sized group of us ventured out together and the owner was so happy to see us and ask us questions about ourselves. I guess she doesn’t get a 8+ American young women in her shop every day! It was a little retreat for me and so much fun. I ended up going back an hour later as Mary lost a ring and went to search for it there. The shop ... read more

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

Tuesday We went out into the community again today. We made three home visits to different community members that are connected to the community hospital and get care once a week. The first visit was a 63 year-old woman who was paralyzed from the waist down from a car accident 17 years earlier. She had a caregiver for the past 17 years who cared for her 24/7. The community came up with a workout pulley for her to pull up on her legs so she could exercise by herself, which I thought was super interesting. That is one thing that I really noticed about this area—everything is extremely community oriented. She even said that her neighbors come lift her every morning and night for 10 baht. The second home we visited was a 35 year-old man ... read more

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

Wednesday Today we visited a nursing home that houses poorer elderly. It was very different from nursing homes back in the states. The first thing I noticed was the karaoke in the common area (which was actually outside). Some of the men and women were also dancing to the music. I don’t know if this is a regular activity for them, but it looked fun! Most of them are very active and are able to move on their own. The men and women live in separate areas so we visited each area. The men were all sitting around tables and looked stoic. The women were all sitting on the ground knitting or just sitting peacefully. They could easily get up and down from the ground (something that I struggle to do sometimes tbh). We also visited ... read more

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

Thursday Today, we went to a senior center for healthy elderly people. Many of the men and women are brought in from the community by bus to the facility and provided with activities like worship or exercise. The Thai people give respect to the flag every morning and night at 8am and 6pm so we participated in that (much like the pledge of allegiance, except they sing their national anthem). We all went outside and faced the flag and sang as it was being raised. They then welcomed us and shared how excited they were to have us there and took us on a short warm-up walk. After the walk, they had what I would call a worship service honoring Buddha. It was filled with songs led by one of the men who seemed to be ... read more




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