Meet Cola the Motorbike Pooch
6:00am – Wake up with the sun.
7:15am – Make the arduous trek to school. (It’s right across the street but there is a lot of traffic and we prefer not to be on the news, so we walk up the road to the pedestrian overpass)
7:30am – Arrive at school. An amazing welcoming committee of Pre-K to Kindergarten-aged students is overjoyed to see us and makes sure to continually yell “Teacha” (phonetic Thai pronunciation of teacher) as we walk through the first building on our way to the primary building.
8:00am – Morning assembly begins and the students gather to sing the National Anthem and be prepped for the day
8:30am – The first class is supposed to start but sometimes morning assembly runs long.
10:10am – Snack break #1. This snack break is brought to you by the Dairy Farmers of Thailand. A plastic packet/bag of milk is presented to all of the students during this 10 minute break.
10:20am – Third period is supposed to start but as noted before, sometimes things run long.
12:00 noon – Lunch time! We are blessed to be provided with a free, delicious, nutritious meal every day. It usually involves dessert as well!
12:50pm – Fifth period is supposed to start and it surprisingly enough usually does start on time.
2:30pm – Snack break #2! This is a more hearty snack break and involves small noodle dishes, desserts, fried hot dogs, fish cotton candy (see previous post) or another random, delicious, Thai dish.
2:40pm – The seventh and final period of the day is supposed to begin but rarely does it start on time. It’s usually more like 2:50/55.
3:30pm – The end of the day!
4:30pm – Depart school. Some days we will walk to the market straight from school to get dinner.
5:00pm – Arrive home. Engage in some sort of physical activity – go for a run, do yoga, lift weights (I made my own weights with the big water jugs). Shower, etc.
6:00pm – Find dinner and watch the sunset. If we did not get dinner on the way home we will head out and explore. Otherwise we will bring our bowl and utensil to one of our rooms and get ready to chow down!
7:00pm – Read a book, turn on an English station on the TV (Law and order is a favorite as is Friends), color, organize, etc.
9:00pm – Say good morning to my friends and family in the States. Tell them I can see the future and it is going to be a great day!
10:00pm – Start counting sheep…..
Durian has a bad reputation for being a smelly fruit but to me it is simply a very fruity smelling fruit. It smells quite sweet and can be a little intoxicating when too ripe but overall it is fine. The flesh of the fruit is very soft. The flesh looks like a large bean pod. Unbeknownst to the casual observer those bean pod looking things are actually made up of smaller pods that each contain their own small seed. As mentioned before, Durian is rather sweet and it is best to not get an overly ripe one. It is also expensive by Thai standards which is surprising considering there seems to be no shortage of supply and can be found at every market and on the back of trucks that randomly park and sell it. Maybe the demand is just that high for this tasty fruit.
One thing to note: Durian is not allowed in taxis.
Sorry as there is not a creative title for this entry. The other night we went to a friend of a friend’s art gallery party which as we found out was not in the actual gallery but rather in a new area called the W District. The roof top offered pretty good views of the city. The gathering incorporated live music and live painting.