This week was RAD. A lot of teaching, which I am still pretty crappy at, but I love my kids so much. I have no idea how I am going to move back to America without them. If I could just adopt Ua and Lily I would be content. So teaching is the same. Just hard, but also sometimes really fun.
My favorite thing we did this week was definitely making our Thai Family an American breakfast! It was so fun! We decided on making them French Toast which ended up being confusing for everyone. Like "Hey we are making you an AMERICAN meal called FRENCH toast" haha. We also made them hashbrowns. I think at first they thought we were a little odd when we started adding cinnamon to the egg batter, but they loved the french toast! It was funny because in America this is such a common meal that I just expected them to know what to do, but they didn't(obvi). So I had to show everyone to put the butter on the bread, and then add maple syrup and whipped cream. They kept asking if "this was a heavy breakfast" we were like "No, Americans are just fat". It was so fun and they loved it! They said the french toast was more like dessert but they loved the hashbrowns. They don't really use syrup here, so they kept asking us what else we put it on, and we were like "honestly just breakfast food." The only thing they could equate it to was honey, so that's as close as we got to explaining it, who would've known explaining syrup could be so hard. They also asked if it was a traditional American meal in America or just Utah. They reminded me of myself every time I eat in Thailand. I never know what I am eating or how to eat it. I seriously have to look around the restaurant and watch the other Thai people until I can kind of guess how to eat my food. I mean I was eating what I thought was brown tofu for weeks until someone finally told me it was actually coagulated blood so there's that.
On Saturday we took a spontaneous trip to some ancient ruins in Sukhothai. When I say spontaneous trip I mean we literally just went to the bus station and hoped we could find a way there. The trip actually worked out super well for not being planned at all. We showed up to the bus station where a man yelled to us "BUS TO SUKHOTHAI?" Then showed us how to buy the ticket, which was so helpful. Once we got there another lady called us and helped us rent some bikes and told us when to be back to go to the bus station. After the ruins a man called after us and told us to get into his car thing (it was like a truck with seats in the truck bed) and he took us to the bus station, once we got to the bus station another lady yelled at us and asked if we were going to Phitsanulok and put us in a van to go home. It was as if someone handed out a memo that 4 Americans were going to need some major help getting around.
The ruins were so unreal. I was speechless. They were so cool and so beautiful. It was such an amazing day. I felt really peaceful. I was sitting by this amazing lake, drinking a fresh watermelon smoothie out of a watermelon, and all of the sudden Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" starts playing over the loud speakers. I don't think I will ever live a moment that amazing for the rest of my life, and that's OK, I am completely content with that being my best moment. It was just a really good day, where I felt really great about my life, where I am headed, and where I have been.
Living in a foreign country is life changing.
I don't even know how to explain it, but I am different than when I got here. I am more present. I have more gratitude for all the little things. I am more creative. I am more peaceful. I am more content. I am so happy.
I knew travelling changed you, but living in a foreign country has changed me in a completely different way. Like, do you ever realize how badly you're going to miss a moment while you're living in it? Like wow, these are the good days, I am here and I am happy and I feel alive. Everyday has been like that. I am living my dream life. Life is so good. Although days can be really hard, and it can feel really crappy, I am so damn happy. So that's my update this week, I am just unbelievably stoked on my life. And part of me never wants to come home.
March 10 -- Chiang Mai
March 17-April 2 -- We leave for our BIG Vacation to Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi Islands, Koh Lanta, and Bali
April 6 -- Glass Temple
April 7 -- Coldplay concert in Bangkok PIT TICKETS
April 13-17 Cambodia Trip
April 28 LAST WEEKEND HERE
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Next stop Thailand (and a couple of connecting flights)