That’s All Folks!

Today I complete my Peace Corps service in Thailand. Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way. I will be forever grateful.

The plan now is to travel throughout Thailand and visit all the provinces. This is something that King Rama IX did and I thought it would be a great way to wrap up my service to follow his lead and see all the provinces.

Thanks for reading through the last two years! If you would like to reach out, my email address is kimberlyroberts2014@gmail.com

Take care,

Kim

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Sharing Thailand at Home

What kind of toilets do they have?

 In Thailand, there are two types of toilets. One is the western style that we have in the U.S. Some flush and some you have to pour water to act as the flush. In other places, you have a squat toilet. It is exactly what it sounds like; you get step onto the toilet, get into a squatted position and voila, you’re ready to do your business.

 

 

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Sharing Thailand at Home

Were people starving in your village? What kind of utensils do they use? Chopsticks?

      When kids came to school, you can be sure they were fed. The teachers and principal knew who needed more food at home and would send food home with the kids, no questions asked. It’s a small population, but there are students whose family cannot provide. I’ve had many conversations with teachers about what the kids eat on the weekends and they’ve said it troubles the teachers to think that the kids won’t eat. They put faith in the village that neighbors will feed any kids who don’t get enough to eat. But while school is in session, the kids are fed well.

We use forks and spoons here, and chopsticks are used for a few dishes. Knives aren’t used as much as in the States. They are only used to prepare food.

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When was the craziest moment that you ever had?

Any time I got into a vehicle with a Thai person it was like getting into a video car racing game. We had to be first getting to the destination. One time I was headed to Bangkok in the public transportation van and we passed a semi-truck that was passing a motorcycle and the oncoming car got on the shoulder to avoid collision. Half the time there weren’t seatbelts for added exhilaration.

 

America Is Not Great

It happened. Again. Another mass shooting. If you’ve been keeping track, there’s been EIGHT school shootings in the first 7 weeks of 2018.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/school-shootings-in-america-2018-how-many-so-far

This is bullshit. This isn’t normal. This isn’t ok.

Yeah yeah yeah, I know that every country isn’t perfect and I have a lot to be thankful for by being an American. But this obsession with guns has got to go. This is crazy.  Why? Why does this keep happening? The New York Times has a great article detailing mass shootings in the U.S. and abroad.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/world/americas/mass-shootings-us-international.html

Please contact your Congress people and tell them how you feel. https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Guess when the last school shooting was in Thailand; 2003. People think I am joking when I say I feel safer in Thailand than in the U.S. It’s because I don’t have to worry about ammosexuals.