Brielle Alderfer


Brielle Alderfer

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

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 February 1st 2018

Today is our last full day in Chiang Mai. I’m feeling very nostalgic. This morning as I was doing devotionals on the third story porch, I watch Melissa and Jha spend some time chatting and sharing gifts. This is the first time it really hit me that we were soon leaving our beloved friends. I’m not sure why I feel so sad other than that I will really miss them and that I really love our Thai friends. Love is such a weird thing because we cannot really pinpoint it, something I love to do when self-reflecting. It’s extra tough because I feel split between here and home. There are people at home that I miss dearly and cannot wait to see, but there are also people here I do not want to say goodbye to. ... 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 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 January 23rd 2018

AM. Well today we go back to BCNC. I’m so bummed. I am excited to see my buddies, but it would be really nice to spend more time here especially because our travels were longer than anticipated. It is cloudy outside, so I am grateful for the sunny day we had yesterday. God knew what we needed. Yesterday couldn’t have been any more perfect. Well, I am off to breakfast for the buffet! I’m craving chocolate croissants and a smoothie — some of my favorites. I have to be careful thought because my stomach still is not happy. I do not want to be in pain our whole travels again. Hopefully I can get some medication to chill it out. PM. We are back at BCNC now. The travel seemed way shorter on the way back ... read more

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

This morning I did not want to get out of my bed. I was drenched in sweat but only because it was the first fluffy bed I’ve slept in for awhile. I had the piles bunched up all around me with the fluffy, thick comforter tucked into the pillow, a little cocoon. I sleepily walked my way over to breakfast and was very grateful that I had done so since it was an “endless breakfast.” We could anything from the menu as many times as we wanted. Of course I didn't want to get sick on the boat, so I had to pull out my self-discipline after my first round of breakfast croissants with coconut yogurt and fruit. I topped it off with fresh mixed fruit juice and the fanciest cup of cappuccino. Soon after, we ... 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 January 22nd 2018

We started our day by heading to the elderly club at Sanmeung Temple. I was feeling introverted when I woke up, so I was having a hard time working up excitement to go. When we got there, I tried to stay busy and find things to do so that I wouldn’t have to make small talk, so I helped set up chairs and take vitals on the elderly women when they arrived to the temple. Soon after I went to help Mary which led to talking with some of the social work students, which was actually very fun and insightful. The one girl was a Catholic. Her Christian name was Anna, and she was from a poorer, rural part of the country. She had been converted from buddhism by Italian Christians. It was interesting to hear ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand January 17th 2018

I’m going to be honest. I’m not in a great mood today, and I’m not really sure why. Even though it’s only 20:30, I may need to just go to bed and try again tomorrow ha! I just feel like I am having a lot more internal monologue going on today, telling myself that I’m not annoyed with everyone. I think that I’m probably just hitting my introvert wall. It’s been over two weeks now since I’ve really had any time to just myself, and I have not been able to have too many in-depth conversations while here in Thailand. A lot of my conversations have been about Thailand with another person and offering perspective into why this culture might do the things they do. I spend so much time trying to offer people the big ... read more

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