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This past week has been a whirlwind of learning, traveling, and activities! I arrived in Bangkok late Monday evening and didn’t have any problems getting through customs. Since I am a crazy packer, I had to get a cart for my bags. BTW…carts in the Bangkok airport are free!! Take note USA! My cab ride to the hotel was uneventful and I was even able to save 75 baht by not taking the expressway. 🙂
Tuesday morning I explored Bangkok with another CIEE teacher, Samantha. There were SO many sights and smells I didn’t know where to look. This was also the day I experienced my first tuk-tuk ride. 🙂 When we got back to the hotel, I laid down to rest and didn’t wake up until 6:30 the next morning. Guess I needed some sleep.
The training days were full of great information and food–we took at least two breaks every day with coffee and sweets. We learned about Thai culture and history as well as classes to learn some of the basic Thai words and phrases. My favorite so far is “mai pen rai”. It means “it’s ok, no worries!” I think I will be using that a lot!!
On Thursday night we went on a dinner cruise. It was such a beautiful evening and again…lots of food! Friday we went to the Grand Royal Palace. It was about 100 degrees outside, but when I saw the amazing beauty of the palace, I got chills. Some of the highlights were the 24k gold leaf pagoda commissioned by the 5th king of Siam (the king fromThe King and I) and the emerald Buddha inside the temple. Everything on the grounds was covered in jewels, gold, and glass.
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