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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

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 January 22nd 2018

It was awesome to enjoy a free morning back at the college and decompress from the eventful, sun-filled weekend. I woke up feeling so exhausted and still with a headache so I took some medicine and went down for breakfast. I talked to my dad a little on the phone and shared in his excitement about the Eagles going to the Superbowl!!! I wish I was there to celebrate with him, but I wouldn’t trade being here for the world. I took the morning slow and enjoyed being free and without responsibility for a while before the conference. After the morning off, we had lunch and got ready in our professional clothes for the conference. We walked down to this beautiful conference room that was covered in white and peach lace with lots of tables and ... read more

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

Todays weather was beautiful, as usual. Oh how i’ll miss the sunny 70’s once i return to the States. I’ll probably go into temperature shock from the cold! This morning I slept in until 8:15am, which was a blessing. I really needed the extra sleep. My morning consisted of “free time”, so I caught up on my weekend journals, and did my devotions. This afternoon everyone attended a nursing conference at BCNC. A few different nursing colleges from the northern region of Thailand attended. Each college completed a presentation on a non-communicable disease. It was really cool to hear about what different colleges are doing to prevent NCD’s. I appreciated everyones attempts to do their presentations in all english. They all did a greta job! I wouldn’t have been able to do a presentation in Thai, ... read more

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

Today was our professional presentation at the nursing conference hosted by BCNC. In morning allowed us to prepare for our presentation, look over our notes, and finalize the powerpoint. Brielle, Emily and I were the ones to present and it definitely took us awhile to complete it, as we did a lot of research and had to pare down the information quite a bit. In the morning I was feeling confident and encouraged the other two, as we had a great looking presentation and it would all go well. The morning was restful, which I felt was needed as we traveled a great deal yesterday and sleeping in the car never goes well for me. After lunch, we dressed up in professional attire and walked down to the auditorium. This is when I started to feel ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 21st 2018

Today I woke up so sad that we had to leave the beach already! We had another wonderful breakfast and this time I got eggs benedict and a chocolate croissant that was delicious. After breakfast we had some time to relax on the beach before we had to pack up our stuff and leave the resort. We all enjoyed the last looks at the ocean water and took some pictures in our The Chill hats and headed into the van. We were all not excited to make the long journey back to Chiang Mai, but we had fun reflecting on the excitement and beauty of the beach and resort we got to experience. We drove to the ferry and waved goodbye to Koh Chang. I was getting a little car sick when driving down the winding ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 20th 2018

Today was a fun filled day with lots of time in the sunshine in Koh Chang! It is such a blessing to get to wake up in comfortable hotel bed and walk down to the beach to spend some time with God. His beauty is indescribable! We had breakfast at the resort and I got a breakfast sandwich and a chocolate crepe for dessert. The food was unlimited and so delicious! After breakfast, we all got on a boat and stopped at a few different islands to snorkel and swim. The water was so blue and so clear it was amazing! I have never seen water like it. I enjoyed snorkeling and getting to see all the life living under the water. We saw beautiful coral which I scratched my hands on a few times, we ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 19th 2018

Today we woke up at 0515 to leave for the beach!! We were all very tired but excited for the beach weather and the ocean!! We caught our flight around 0810 and thankfully it was only an hour flight! We were all expected that we would be able to catch a quick ferry over to Koh Chang and be there by lunch time but this was not the case! We were informed that we would need to take a 2 ½ hour bus ride to get to the ferry and then another hour on the ferry before Koh Chang. The 2 ½ hour bus ride ended up being around 4 as we made stops at two gas stations and a noodle restaurant on the way to the ferry. We got to the ferry around 3pm and ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 19th 2018

January 19th -21s t : Koh Chang Weekend Friday we left at 7am for the airport to fly to Pattaya and begin our big traveling day to Koh Chang Island. In hindsight, we were unprepared for the amount of traveling ahead and didn’t expect the day to include so much traveling! Arriving at the airport, we unloaded our luggage and I soon realized we were quite late according to the time on our tickets. The ticket said we should be getting ready to board at 7:30am yet we were still waiting to check our bags close to then. Not only did a few of us Messiah people looked nervous, including Ajan Debbie and Greg, so did a few of the BCNC staff. We tried and move as quickly as possible and arrived at the gate on ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 18th 2018

January 15 Well today I got to experience being an actual patient in one of the private hospitals here in Chiang Mai. I haven't eaten in about 5 days and my body keeps spitting things out (I honestly don't know how there's stuff in there, but there is), so they thought it would be best for me to go to the doctor. I was really nervous to go because I hate the doctor even in America. Imagine me in a whole different country. They don't have doctor's offices here, just hospitals, so you have you have to go to the hospital and wait until the doctor is able to see you. Some people wait all day! I didn't have to wait that long because we went to a private hospital, which meant you have to have ... read more

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