I don’t know what I would do if today wasn’t Friday. This whole “being a teacher” thing is really draining and some days I just don’t know if I can make it to the end of the week.
For Songkran we bought super cheap tickets on Air Asia to head up to the small city of Chiang Mai in northwestern Thailand. I thought celebrating in Bangkok might be too crazy and Chiang Mai is known its longer, more laid back festival. The whole country celebrates for about 5 days full of water fights during the hottest summer month.
It was my first time in Chiang Mai, a city I hope to move to some day (it is much more my style, I am sick of the big city) and I really loved it there! It is the 6th biggest city in Thailand, a nice change from Nonthaburi, the second biggest city and where I currently live. I think it is AMAZING that Bangkok has 5 million people as the biggest city in the country and then my area, right outside the city, has only 260,000 people, yet is still the second biggest.
It’s the biggest organized water fight in the world between thousands of adults. It’s very wet, very drunk, a little bit dirty (they used moat water in Chiang Mai) and a LOT of fun! Songkran is the Thai New Year making it now 2555 – or song ha ha ha in Thai – since the calendar here starts at the enlightenment of Buddha (turns out the Buddha has been doing his thing for a lot longer than Jesus.) A full 5 days of extreme water fighting is a damn good time but also very tiring too, pretty much everyone is sick now. Some people like to put ice into the water (which in my opinion it ruins all the fun) and being so cold when it is so hot outside is bad for health… man, my English is really terrible now that I speak broken language all the time, no one actually says “bad for health” in the real English speaking world, right? I can barely remember…
April is the hottest month in Thailand (averaging 35 degrees C) and I am almost melting away at this point. Our school celebrated another random Buddhist holiday on a Friday so some teachers from my school booked a couple rooms in the close beach town, Pattaya to sit by the ocean, relax in the pool and get away from it all.
In the last week I have
– fallen down a sewer
– hung out with Russian hookers
– slept in the worlds most uncomfortable bed
– flew through the jungle
– played in the worlds biggest water fight
– Eaten a lot of Indian food
– been ripped off by a so called “monk”
– had a fully naked massage including tit rubdown
– driven a motorbike to the top of a mountain
– drank beer at the worlds smallest bar
– broken two water guns
– swam in the ocean
– touched a bright red dildo in a guys pants
– sat in the back of a truck throwing ice water on little kids
– read the White Tiger
– eaten a lot of my favorite Thai food, khao soi
– been soaking wet for several hours
– actually been too tired to move
– bought 4 pairs of pants
My vacation is almost over and then it’s back to school for another term 🙁 but hey, at least it was an eventful one!
It’s finally here! The much anticipated Thai New Year – Songkran! It is the worlds biggest water fight and I am flying right into the eye of the storm. Tomorrow afternoon we are flying an hour north to the quaint city of Chiang Mai. It is said to be the biggest celebration for the summer holiday and I am prepared to get wet! It is going to be a long six days, hope I come back alive (Thailand has not been kind my body in the past week, I fell into a sewer -EWGKKK- in Pattaya cutting my leg all up and just an hour ago got stung by a bee while driving my motorbike, geez!) because I know the Thai people are ready to drink and throw buckets of water on me. My students today were brutal dumping bucket after bucket on me, and they are children… Please Buddha, keep me safe!
I moved into a new apartment last month and to get home I have to drive my motorbike through a long and windy road with green palm trees, fancy houses and food stalls to get to my small apartment that I am totally in love with. It is a nice drive (except at dusk when the bugs fly into your eyes and mouth) and when I get home I greeted warmly by 20 beat up, dirty and stinky soi dogs that I am also quiet fond of. One in particular, we named Lil’ Pup (cause you know she is a puppy but she is pretty hard from living on the streets) wiggles her whole body and jumps up to check if my bags have any food as she licks my hands and waits to get a little rub down. She does really love and trust us now and it has worked out, I feed her and love her (I should clean her) and then I can go up to my clean apartment with no dog hair and still feel the puppy love! Look at this face, who could not love it!
I remember being a kid and asking my mom on Mother’s day, why there was no childrens day? It doesn’t seem fair that Mothers and Father’s get a day all for themselves, especially since, it seemed to me at that age, that they got whatever they wanted all the time! Her answer was always the same, “everyday is Children’s Day.” I however, disagreed.
Now looking back, I see that it was pretty sweet being a kid, no responsibilities, you can run around and play all the time – but wait, I teach 5 year old kids and their life isn’t all peaches; they have so much pressure on them to learn many important things, everyone tells them what to do (including me!) and they are always getting into trouble, they can never just be kids and do what they want to do. Being a kid sucks sometime since children grow up so fast these days and start studying and working very hard, very young.