Sorry about forgetting to post and update this.
If you have been on Facebook at all, you know that I have been to Thailand. It was quite the experience.
I was there for 2 weeks. I spent most of it in Chiangmai (which is in the north-ish) and 2 days were spent in Bangkok.
I went there for a conference. This was a conference for ELI teachers, which included worships together, presentations about what is happening with other countries and also a few sessions on having a productive life in Asia as a C. It was great to be open and be able to freely talk and share. It was like Snow Camp for a week.
At the Beginning of the conference I was not enjoying it. I would have rather stayed in Da Nang with my Vietnamese friends and enjoyed the holiday festivities, however, by the end of the conference, I was really sad that it wasn’t just a little longer.
I got to see the old friends that I met in Cambodia that are now serving in Laos or Cambodia. It was good to spend time with them again. Maybe we will have plans to visit each other before we all depart to America. A few of the girls that I talked to are going to stay for a second year, but I am not- just to clear that up from my last post.
After the conference, the girls and I flew to Bangkok with Shelby and Hollan. The night before we got on the plane, I got news that my grandmother (in NY) was not doing well. She has dementia and she has been fighting for a while. They didn’t expect her to make it through the week. Well, I was without internet for almost 2 days. She passed away the night that I found out she was not doing well.
It was a really awful moment for me. I was destroyed for the morning. I just sat and cried. She was the closest person to me that has ever passed away. It was mostly that I couldn’t be with my friends and family during this time. The girls that I am living with in Asia are my friends, but they have never met my grandmother and they had no idea how to comfort me and I had no idea how I wanted to be comforted. After I chatted with my mom and some friends from home, I felt significantly better.
I was trying to find a plane flight home, but things were not working out and I took it as a door being shut. So I stayed in Bangkok and tried to just be distracted. It was effective, but I wanted nothing more than to be at home (or at least home in Vietnam) where I could have privacy.
I am content with where I am now, of course, I would have rather been home, but there are important things that I need to continue to do here and I am happy with my choice. I wish that I could have just done both.
Since being back, I have not taught yet. Still no schedule. There are still finals going on, and they have not asked me to help, so I have done nothing for a while now. And when I say “nothing” what I actually mean is I have:
Played Volleyball and Frisbee on the beach with some of our old students (that we hope to have next semester):
I saw the Lego movie:
No photo, but I enjoyed it enough to say that I did it
I went for a joy ride around the country:
I was part of a surprise proposal:
This is Hollan and her Fiance’, Dan. Clearly, this is adorable.
And I have just been having fun with these girls:
I love my curly hair so, so, so much
What this next week has instore for it:
I am going to have a bonfire on the beach on Friday. I am very excited for it.