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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What will you miss the most?
The relaxed and slow lifestyle, the students, the food, my host families and my dogs.
Does internet exist? What social media is the most popular?
The internet is better in my village than where I grew up in the States. Seriously. It’s cheap, fast and everyone has it if they want it. Facebook is most popular, followed by any gaming site.
Did you karaoke every day?
At almost all social events, there was karaoke. I would sing most times. Thais love ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries. It’s important to note that most have no idea what it actually means until I explain it to them.
What sport do Thais like to play?
Soccer, volleyball, and badminton are very popular. Sepak takraw, or kick volleyball, is a sport native to Southeast Asia. Sepak takraw differs from the similar sport of Footvolley in its use of a rattan ball and only allowing players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/-CP6ykzsK0M
Did you live near Chiangmai or Phuket? How far was your site to those areas?
By public transportation, I’m 10 hours from Chiangmai and 20 hours from Phuket.