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Out in the Taiga…

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I’ve taken a break from Bangkok, for some scenery that’s a little different to cars, grey skies heavy with rain, and buildings. I’m in Russia. Siberia to be exact. And there’s snow!

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And mountains and trees as far as I can see in every direction!

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I’m working at a summer camp, so I’m here for a little while. I will try and post a few more pictures soon because, well, it’s beautiful.

Speak to you soon!

Trang

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Trying out the WordPress app…

I’m currently relaxing in my new adoptive Thai family’s home, surrounded by a large variety of food, lovely, friendly and welcoming people, and two cats who have been trying to have sex for several hours, but keep being interrupted.

Over the past few days I’ve been driven around in the back of a pick-up truck with at least 8 other people, and have helped splash cold water over people in other trucks (whilst being splashed with icy water myself). I’ve stood slightly awkwardly while waiting to wai the correct people at the appropriate time. I’ve met the whole extended family and been sniff kissed (hom) by an elderly auntie. It’s been exclaimed many times how white I am. I’ve also eaten a lot of spicy food, and come to realise that the southern accent really is quite different…

It’s been awesome :D

So, just a few instagrammed pics from Trang.

Happy Songkran!  :-)

Schools are shut

Yup, the schools are pretty much all shut until 21st Nov. At least that’s what the situation currently is, there is a lot of potential for it to change. The week before last I was off work, last week I was back to work until Thursday when we had a meeting, and were told not to go in on Friday, and not to come in this week.

I still haven’t been flooded! Which is pretty good – but I have no idea whether it will stay that way. One moment we are told the flood is going down (by the media), the next minute there is a second wave approaching…

I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.

Flood barriers near Phaya Thai BTS

Unfortunately… not working means not getting paid full wages. Which means when I do get paid I will have enough to pay my rent and not much more. All the other teachers are in exactly the same boat, and some of the newer teachers even worse off – at least I’ve got one week of full pay, they weren’t working last week at all so they don’t get anything.

So I am very bored. I can’t afford to go away, I can’t afford to do anything, and sightseeing is mostly out of the question anyway as it’s flooded or hard to get to. Or expensive.

Bummer.

Last night some of the guys had a house party (they have a massive apartment with at least 4 bedrooms that they all share, and a pool – not a bad set up at all) and we all drank and swam and drank some more and stayed up practically all night, some of them even saw the sunrise… We all shared cheap gin and whiskey and rum and hideous plum wine that someone bought in mistake thinking it was beer. Because.. well, we could. It’s not like we have work tomorrow… or the day after, or the day after that…. There was definitely a depressed atmosphere. But at the same time a sort of shared depression, a kind of mutual understanding. For the most part it was very fun. Though when I woke up (after crashing out in my damp bikini in amongst some sofa cushions on the floor) I was feeling pretty sorry for myself.

I can’t spend next week doing nothing. I cannot. I will go crazy.

Settled….

After several days walking around in the heat of Bangkok, and lots of room viewings, I have finally found an apartment.

And I have a job starting soon.
Now I am frantically planning something to do for a week. Haven’t a clue where to go!
Slightly wishing I had a travel partner at the moment…! Seems a little daunting to be travelling on my own. I think it will just take a little while to get back into the swing of things. I was pretty settled in the UK, and I have to remember it is quite an upheaval to move to another country! Even one you’ve been to before, and I’m on my own.
I think I’ve just been bored today. Mainly.
Hence I realllllllly need to go somewhere this week. Plus, it will give me more to write about and pictures to take!!
Where?!?!