We headed for Chiang Rai on the 2nd of January. The bus ride from Bangkok was an eleven-hour journey. Settling in was easy enough. Below are pictures of the house we live in and the school. I meant to post these ages ago.
(photo: I have been describing our house as an open-air cabin, here you can see what I mean)
(photo: the bedroom. Backgound: that’s right, Louisville IronMan poster!, ear-x-tacy stickers, yoga mat, and photos of family and friends)
(photo: going downstairs –a cat actually came into the house through that hole the other day)
(photo: looking into the bathroom. I actually took this picture to capture the creature –moth, colorful bat, kite, we’re not sure– chilling out on the bathroom door. We share our house with nature *wink.)
(photo: Main entrance to the school.)
(photo: view from the courtyard of the main school building -four floors, two sides)
(photo: overlooking the pond, in the background is the gym/cafeteria)
(photo: basketball and volleyball courts)
(photo: ping pong area)
(photo: skyline in the back of campus)
So, remember the time I got helplessly lost in Chiang Rai the day I bought my bicycle. A man named Bomb was kind enough to drive me home, and this very man turned out to be the owner of a language school in town called New Zealand Educational Services (NES). To make a long story short, because of that eventful evening, I now volunteer at NES School teaching about 20 hours a week. On Saturdays we teach a group of five Thai women, each of whom are in their mid to late 40s and are nurses at Chiang Rai Hospital. I have such a great time on Saturdays because the women are very witty and interested in using conversational English in meaningful ways. Our first Saturday teaching the class went great. After the class, we ended up hanging out with Bomb and the rest of the staff at NES. That night we went with the staff to the Food Festival being held at the old airport in Chiang Rai.