Teaching wasn't terrible this week. I mean yeah, the students are crazy but I'm kind of enjoying the craziness of it all. This week is our last week of like "teaching" teaching. And we only have to teach 2.5 hours a day compared to our usual 4 so I am a happy woman. After this week, we go on vacation, and then we come back and teach summer camp for 4 weeks with 12 of those days being vacation days. So your girl is on the home stretch. (Praise the good lord because I am SO over teaching) I will miss the children so much though. Especially Lily. Lily is so funny, so she wasn't signed up for summer camp but after I literally begged her to ask her parents and told her how much she would learn she is now enrolled in summer camp. So that's good news. Phew. This week I was teaching her and I was explaining to her that I will probably never see her again, and she looks at me and says, "uhmm yes you will, when I am a teenager and I will come see you in America and we will go get coffee." Like she has convinced me that I don't want children because they'll never be as cool as her, like what's the point. I also have a new favorite student, his name is Ua. If you watch my snapchats you've seen him. This kid is in all teaching terms, the worst. He boxes the other kids, he is constantly hitting the other children, he pees on the trees outside, and he's just a menace. But I LOVE HIM. He calls me his girlfriend, and he just loves me so much. Although he drives me crazy, he also makes me laugh everyday.
Anyways. This week we went to Chiang mai (again) and Chiang Rai. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision and I'm sooooo glad we did it. We went with some girls from the other ILP Thailand school and it was so fun. We rented a van and driver for the weekend which was a new experience. He spoke no English. Like none, which was difficult when we were lost. But maps had our back and we finally made it to our hostel. The next morning we woke up early and decided to go bungee jumping. Yeah, that's right, bungee jumping. Idk why I thought it was a good idea but we did it. It was so amazing. I don't get scared easily, and I honestly wasn't scared...until I reached the top. I looked over the edge and thought, "I don't want to do this, I don't have to do this." It was terrifying. I wanted to jump by myself and just feel really proud when I took the leap of faith but in the end I had to literally beg the photographer to push me off, which he promptly did, didn't even need to talk him into it. I was soooo happy that entire fall. I was proud, and just filled with a weird sense of accomplishment. It was just living. I was living. I wasn't caring about what was going to happen tomorrow, I wasn't thinking about the past. I was there, in that moment, just living. It was the best. I highly recommend bungee jumping to EVERYONE.
After that I decided to get some more tattoos...classic Hannah. They're just sooooo cheap here and so I might as well get all the little ones that I want right? Right. So the first one I got is just a thin line drawing of fingers crossed. I love this one so much, more than any of my other tattoos. It's just kind of my new life motto. Like I want to stop being scared of everything and just do things, fingers crossed everything works out ya know? Like *fingers crossed I'm moving across the country. *fingers crossed I'm going to publish my book. Basically I just want to always be living outside of my comfort zone and this is a reminder to do that.
The other one is just a plain circle. I love this one too. So when my dad was in the hospital he couldn't talk because he had a breathing tube. He mostly communicated with us through notes. Towards the end he started writing notes about near death experiences, and asking us to let him go. He started drawing circles everywhere and then wrote "full circle". He was referring to life being a full circle and I think he was writing this to comfort us. So I got this as a reminder to not feel sad that he's gone, and to just always be comforted by him.
Next stop Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai was a pretty small town and we just went to some touristy destinations. We went to this immaculate tea field that was so beautiful. I got to drink Thai iced tea and just look over this balcony with just green tea fields for miles. After that we headed to the white temple which was hands down the prettiest temple I've ever seen, and I'm not a temple person at all. It was so cool and honestly just breathtaking. It was a really neat place, actually one of my favorite places I've visited.
It was a good week full of good vibes and good adventures. But next week starts vacation week. Here I come Phuket, Krabi, and Bali.
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Next stop Thailand (and a couple of connecting flights)