This past weekend for me was a busy one. I started off by visiting Wat Pho, which is a temple in Bangkok that boasts having the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand. I’d certainly believe it! At first I thought I’d just be seeing the giant (46m long) Reclining Buddha, which I would have been satisfied with just on its own. However, Wat Pho had lots of smaller temples, Buddhas, and beautiful decorations and ornamentation. There was someone praying/chanting over the loudspeaker while we were there, too, which was a neat thing to get to hear (although it did err on the rather loud side…). For part of the journey there we road on a Ferry. It’s so nice being on the water. I never imagined all of the different ways to get around that I would here! On the way back we took a tuk-tuk, which is a three wheeled vehicle with open sides and a cover. The taxis don’t like to run the meter when it’s raining and will overcharge you, so we crammed six of us into the tuk-tuk. It was very cozy and other tuk-tuk/moped drivers would laugh at the silly farang.
That evening I went to Asiatique with a few of my friends. Asiatique was the first international trading port of Thailand and now is a place with food, music, market, and some carnival rides. Admittedly, it is a bit of a tourist trap, but I did have a nice time. After surfing Pinterest for too long on Friday I had been missing fall and all of it’s flavors, decoration, etc. I was let down by the Starbucks near me, which didn’t have pumpkin spice lattes, but this restaurant actually had pumpkin soup! There was also a band there that was playing Ed Sheeran covers. It was just the slice of home that I needed.
On Sunday I went to Khlong Lat Mayom floating market. The idea of a floating market is that there are goods being sold on canoe type boats instead of being on a solid location. The particular market I went to only had a few boats, but anymore I think that these are mainly attractions for tourists. The market that we went to was much more local, and therefore better. We had delicious pad thai that was recommended by one of my friend’s Thai friends. I also had some coconut water straight from the coconut. It was really neat seeing all of the unique foods at the market. I didn’t have the nerve to try them yet…especially the seafood ones…but I’ll get there eventually. To make up for the lack of water element at this market we paid for a ride through the canals on some type of motorized boat. I’m glad that we did that because it really rounded out the whole day. I was very satisfied by the time we left.
As far as my day to day life goes, each day I’ve had three hours of Thai language lessons in the mornings and then after eating lunch at the canteen I have three hours of orientation over various aspects of Thai culture and teaching information. It makes for a bit of a long day, so after class I usually get some fresh fruit from the very friendly fruit lady, veg in my air conditioned room for a bit, and then try to exercise or study. Some people are more ambitious in the evenings and will check out various markets and restaurants/bars for dinner, but I’ve been slowly but surely eating through all of my snacks I brought here from the states for dinner (thanks, Dad!). I figure I need the extra room in my bags anyways for the stuff I buy in Bangkok. This week, however, we have practical teaching. This means that rather than having language classes we’ll be going to a school to teach middle school kiddos for a few hours each morning. I’m co-teaching with my lovely roommate. We’re going to do a whole unit on art and I’m SUPER EXCITED! But this post is already much longer than anticipated so I’ll explain all about it in the week to come.
Have a fantastic week!