Anecdotes, Volume II: a thrilling week
The week after returning from my extended weekend and visa run to Myanmar turned out to be one of the best so far. This past week did not involve much teaching as the first three days were encompassed by sports week and the students were too tired afterward to focus on anything. It gave me a chance to relax during what turned out to be a very exciting week indeed.
Sports week in Thailand
Over the past two weeks students would be absent from class and classes would be cut short to prepare for sports week. As usual, all my attempts to comprehend the event fell short due to communication issues. But I gathered enough to know there would be three days, Monday-Wednesday, without classes as the students spent the time playing sports. What it actually was turned out to be so much more than that. Read more here.
Fire drills are different here
I don’t really know how to explain my surprise and shock at the fire drill we had on Thursday this past week but I tried to in this post.
That time I was legitimately cold in Thailand
This is worthy of note because it was a very special first from Thailand. I have been missing cold weather and although some nights are cool and comfortable I spend the majority of my time sweating like a pig and dashing from one room with AC to the next. So on Friday night when I was riding my motorcycle through the crisp cool evening I was shocked when I realized how chilly I felt. It took me moment to recognize the sensations since it had been so long. I found myself longing for a jacket and I thoroughly enjoyed the brief moment.
Now the poor cat will not leave me alone
If you remember by friend from my first post of anecdotes then I’m happy to say he still wants to be my friend. Sometimes too much. It seems every time I come into my building he follows me and waits at my door for me to open it. Unfortunately that makes me think the owner does not pay much attention to the little guy. Still, I let him in (as if I have a choice) and make the time to play with him for a few minutes each day.
Snooker with friends
For one of the first times since getting to my quiet little town where no one speaks English I found myself being social on a Friday night. My neighbor invited me to play pool, which it turned out meant snooker in this case. I hastily learned the rules and went on to have a very chilled out evening just like I prefer. It was a good opportunity to learn more about my town and meet some more of the locals. It was also fun because as bad as I was at snooker my companions were equally incompetent so I did not feel embarrassed then I missed the simple shots.
…and I’m no longer teaching kindergartners
And thank goodness for that. It’s not that the two children, ages 4 and 6, weren’t cute and pleasant and everything you think of when you think about kindergartners. It just came down to the fact that I has no idea how to interact with them or control them at all. But more importantly, I realized I was waking up while it was still dark outside and getting home when it was dark again and having no time in between to do anything for myself. I needed the time and I’m happy I decided to stop teaching the them for now.