#WeekendCoffeeShare–The “Just a Little Sickie, Boy Scout Camp, and Loy Krathong” Edition

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am currently sitting in my little studio apartment that I haven’t left all day because I have a cold…and I’ve been catching up on sleep… and just generally taking it slow today.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this week was pretty darn busy.

Thursday and Friday, classes were cancelled at my school for Boy Scout Camp. The upper elementary school grades arrived at school on Thursday and stayed over at school until today for camp. They participated in a lot of exciting team building activities, including a four mile hike into the rural areas around school (more on that in a later post).

The western teachers were expected to be at school both Thursday and Friday to put on activities for the campers. On Thursday (a.k.a. Thanksgiving day for all y’all Americans in the house), I was at school for twelve hours–from 8 am to 8 pm–and the night wasn’t even over yet by that time! I left in the middle of an elaborate performance that the students were putting on because I was too exhausted to stay and also had a terrible runny nose by that point. So, I spent my 2015 Thanksgiving Day at Boy Scout Camp at a Primary School in Central Thailand…who’da thunk? Friday was rough because I wasn’t feeling well and had such low energy. I ended up not helping much with the activities that the western teachers were putting on because I had such low energy. I left school around 5:00 Friday, got home, and didn’t leave my apartment for the rest of the night. I was so exhausted. Although I feel better today (Saturday), I’m still feeling a little sick.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the highlight of this week was Loy Krathong, a very important festival that is celebrated throughout Thailand. Loy Krathong takes place in the twelfth Lunar month of the Thai calendar (usually November on the Western calendar). It is a celebration of light and hope. People make Krathongs, which are traditionally made from banana tree trunks, banana leaves, and flowers, a candle, and incense stick. As tradition calls, the candle and incense are lit, a prayer is said and/or a wish is made, and the Krathong is sent off into a body of water. In doing this, the individual is asking the water spirits to take his or her troubles away into the water with the Krathong.

To celebrate Loy Krathong, my western teacher friends and I joined two new Thai friends at their house on Wednesday evening to make Krathongs from scratch and share some yummy food. It was super exciting to make our own Krathongs, since many people simply buy them these days. After our crafting was completed, we walked to the river in town, observed the festivities happening around us–including a concert–and let our Krathongs float off into the water. It was absolutely amazing to be there and take part in the celebration with the Thai people. I feel incredibly lucky to have experienced this important celebration first hand.  After we set off our Krathongs, a few of us went to the nearby market set up for the event and got some food.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m so thankful to have some time to just chill this weekend and recover from this cold I have. Sickness aside, I haven’t had a day to just laze and do nothing for soo long and it is soo nice. This major introvert time is much needed and, given that my body has been in an almost constant state of exhaustion these last two months since I arrived in Thailand, doing nothing but blogging is certainly nice.  I’d tell that you that I really miss my kindergartners, since they weren’t at school on Thursday or Friday during Boy Scout Camp…and I’d tell you how I can’t wait to get back into the classroom on Monday. Lastly, I’d tell you how excited I am to be traveling to a different part of Thailand next weekend to meet up with some of my TESOL friends.

If we were having coffee, I’d be ready to switch it off to you–and I’d ask you, do you have anything to share over coffee?


This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster.

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14 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare–The “Just a Little Sickie, Boy Scout Camp, and Loy Krathong” Edition

  1. Yes, it does like a stressful week! Sorry to hear that you’re sick; it’s that time of the year, I suppose (aka winter). Is Thailand warm, by any chance? Because here in Normandy, it’s getting to be quite chilly! The California girl in me is not used to it (I’m sure, though, you’d be accustomed to it, being from Minnesota).

    The Loy Krathong sounds fantastic! I bet the Krathongs on the water look absolutely beautiful- have photos, by any chance?

    The week for me was all right; just teaching and all. But heading out of town for the weekend, so I’ll keep you updated on that! Hope all’s well with you. 🙂

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    1. Thailand is the farthest thing from cold. I hear it gets much colder up in the North in the mountains, but I’m in central Thailand and it is very hot and humid here.

      I don’t have any photos from Loy Krathong. I left my phone at home since it was almost out of battery. The photos in this post were taken by my Thai friends. It was very lovely; however, there was a touch of wind, which meant that most of the candles were extinguished pretty quickly. It would have been even prettier with all the candles lit up.

      Hope you have safe travels for the weekend.

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  2. Glad you’re having a chance to rest, it is so very important. Looks like you’re having an amazing time, being in the rainy old UK I’m very jealous of you being in warm Thailand. I’ve never been myself but am enjoying living vicariously through your travels.Get well soon.

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  3. Yes, rest. Get well. Stay well. (Shaking finger like a mom scolding.)

    I’m glad you are still enjoying Thailand and fitting in and learning about the culture there. Enjoy it! (But don’t be sick!)

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  4. Sounds like a busy week! Sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling ill. Loy Krathong sounds fantastic, though—love the photos and the description. Such a beautiful meaning!

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  5. The celebration of Loy Krathong sounds very interesting. I like the idea of making the little boats and watching them float away. I hope that you recover from your cold quickly. I work in a school also and I know first hand how many germs are just waiting there to attack! 😉 Have a nice week.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. Loy Krathong is quite interesting. It’s a wonderful festival.

      Haha, yes, the children are always coming up to me and wanting to hug me and give high fives. I love all the interactions I can have with them, but you’re right–so many germs!

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  6. Thanks so much for this fascinating coffee and insight into Thai celebrations. I Googled Loy Krathong and saw some images there and it was so beautiful and I suspect serene.
    My kids both do sea scouts and last year they made their own floating lanterns with tea lights in them, which they floated on the waterfront outside the scout hall at night. Beautiful!
    xx Rowena

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