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.