My travels with Alyssa have come to a close (tear). Our trip to Chiang Mai was wonderful. I satisfied my two biggest cravings since moving to Thailand (addictions, perhaps, after five years of living in college towns) by drinking good cups of real coffee and browsing a few used bookstores. I came back with a memory card full of pictures, a new dress, a used book and freshly ground coffee, grown in Northern Thailand. I can’t wait for the weekend when I can use my new French Press (thanks Aunt Cyndi!) and perhaps start my new book.
I left Alyssa on Sunday afternoon to make it back to Pla Pak for school on Monday morning. She’s now on an island down south basking in the sun. It was definitely a bittersweet goodbye. It was wonderful to catch up with her and share my life here but it was hard to let go to the familiarity of a good friend in such a foreign environment. That said, I won’t have to wait long until Amber arrives on my doorstep!
Now I am busy trying to lesson plan for the next few weeks so I don’t have to scramble while Amber stays with me. Right now my classes are wrapping up the weather unit. Today during a listening activity to “Somewhere over the rainbow/What a wonderful world” I was given a ball of yarn by Pi Took, the English teacher, and was instructed to roll up the loose yarn she was holding! I had to laugh at myself because a month ago I would have been taken aback by such request but today I hardly thought twice about it, as if rolling balls of yarn during English class is a natural multi-tasking activity partaken by most teachers.
Well this week is filling up quickly. I best finish the weather quiz for my classes tomorrow and call it a night.