ASIA TRIP 2008 travel blog

The view from Sean's balcony. Laos on the left and Nong Kai...

Thaisadej Market...

The people here think that this dragon snake thing lives in the...

The river road in Nong Kai and Laos on the other side...

My first Pad Thai dish, that I already dug into...you only eat...

There's a Tuk tuk...haven't ridden in one yet

Sean on his motor bike...

'Wat"= temple. There were so many huge bugs around this temple it...


Today I woke up to some difficult news about my grandfather passing away unexpectedly, and being so far away from my family was the hardest part about it. As my dad said, he can now be on my trip with me and enjoy every part of it alongside me.

I went out and explored Nong Kai on my own for a few hours today. Like most mornings since I've been here it started out raining and glooming, but then turned into a beautiful day. I walked along the riverfront which is filled with restaurants and cute little shops all the way down to the Thaisadej market, which is what Nong Kai is most famous for. The market is about a half mile long and is filled with anything you could ever want. On my way around town I felt like a celebrity, everyone gets so excited to see a white person and say hello to them "Sawat-dee ka"...I even was asked to get in a picture with a thai man as he put up the peace sign. It's so funny the things that amuse them here...On my way back to Sean's place I had a funny little conversation with another group of thai people that were trying to speak English, but their words were all mixed up and we ended up just laughing together for awhile. Everyone wants you to come join them for dinner, but I am a little skeptical after seeing what kinds of hairy fish and mystery food they are cooking on their skillets.

For dinner I had my first bowl of pad Thai...it was very delicious, but I have to say there were a lot of unnecessary crunchy items in there that both Sean and I didn't care to find out what it actually was. We then drove around and found a really neat temple that was all lite up and walked around that for a little while. Then decided it was time for me to experience my first Thai massage. I was a little hesitant because of my stiff leg with all the bruises, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was great; their massages here are a mix of stretching and massaging and they spend a lot of time on you legs whether they're walking on you or contorting your body somehow. It's so funny to me that people who don't speak the same language can still enjoy each other's company here. We all just laugh and smile!!!

Tomorrow I am going to go help Sean teach his classes...he teaches at two different schools, the government school, which is right next to him and then at Isara, which is a little school started by his friend Kirk. At both schools, the goal is to teach the kids English, so I'm excited to show my master teaching skills with the little ones :)

Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers, my family and I really appreciate it!



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