What a crazy few weeks!
Following on from my last blog post, I have been kept really busy to say the least. I think it is safe to say I have fully settled in now at this stage. Between my placements Monday-Friday, strolling through the streets markets in the evenings and filling my weekends with experiencing what Chiang Mai has to offer. I feel like I have always been part of this city.
I am having so much fun working in Baan Tao Boon Rueng School. The students are the funniest people I have ever met. So far they have looked at a range of topics between basic greetings, telling time, the weather etc. which they really enjoyed learning. For understanding basic greetings the students got to draw the shape of their own hands onto a page, introducing themselves and saying hello/goodbye with their hands. They also created a weather chart for their classroom, now everyday they can tell what type of weather we are having. For telling time each student created their own clock using paper plates and cut out hands. They understood time very quickly. I also found out their favourite time of the day…lunchtime!
But it has not just been all work and no play. I got to be a part of a school field trip on my third week here. The whole school visited Chiang Mai Zoo, which the kids and I absolutely loved. We even got to watch a live bird show which two of the students got to take part in (they couldn’t stop talking about this for the rest of the week). We also got to visit a water park that is located inside the Zoo. The weather that day had reached over 30 degrees; so needless to say the water park was a hit! Although I had not brought any swim clothes or even a towel that didn’t stop the children getting me into the pool. Let’s just say they are experts in the art of persuasion!
The city holds street markets every evening, which I absolutely love walking through, trying out new food, speaking to the local people and listening to the music. One of the evenings before going to the market I got to watch the sunset from the highest building in Chiang Mai. It was absolutely amazing. Getting to see the sunset over the whole city of Chiang Mai needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. You seriously will not regret it.
I have also visited Bua Thong Waterfall (sticky waterfall) and due to the formation of the rocks, I was able to climb from the bottom of the waterfall right up to the top. Believe me it was such a climb, but the view was worth it. It was possibly the coolest thing I have ever done.
I could write for days on how much I adore this city. However, I must get back to work. I will keep you all posted on the many more adventures I am yet to encounter.
Bye for now,