Thailand Video Wrap-up

For a nine-and-a-half-minute wrap-up of our three weeks in Thailand, see below. After returning from our trip, for which I was a chaperon and documentarian of the middle schoolers who participated, I compiled all the footage taken, picked out the best, and then spliced, captioned, and soundtracked the pieces into this montage showing off the trip’s…
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The Lady Boys Of Thailand

Our first morning in Thailand followed a jet-lagged, sleepless night in a decent Bangkok hotel. Sure, the faucet in my shower broke, allowing it to run all night. But the rooms were comfortable, and the lobby boasted shiny floors, large pillars, and plush furnishings. The hotel also served a satisfying breakfast in their homey dining room. Without a…
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The Bugs (and Other Creepy, Crawly, Slimy Things) We Encountered In Thailand

While I said goodbye to Thailand last week with a post looking back at the highlights of our three weeks there, I do have a two addendums on special aspects of our experience. This week’s: bugs (and other animals) Beetle, leaf bug, mega mosquito… Food, pest, welcome guest… Insect, arachnid, reptile, and then some fish.…
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Thailand: A Look Back At The Best Moments/Photos

River rides, elephant rides, Hmong villages, Long neck women… Art, blossoms, schools, sports… New friends, new terrain, and lots of food and shopping… And that covers just a bit of what we saw and did on this student trip to Thailand. Travel has a way of really packing a punch, of squeezing as much out…
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The Grand Finale Of Thailand: The Grand Palace

  Grand it was. I just wish we had spent more time. Check out the ahead pictures, and you’ll understand why. The aptly named Grand Palace of Bangkok is perhaps the most striking architectural offering in all the Kingdom of Thailand. It didn’t hurt that the bright blue sky hung above while the sun shone upon…
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Refugee Camp Ruins And A Buddhist Monastery

  Our van motorcade approached a monastery community with row houses, a large, black statue of the Buddha, and temples. These structures sat before a backdrop of grassy, rocky hills. This was all for the monks. Adjacent to the temple property were the ruins of a former refugee camp: piles of concrete on what is…
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Cockroaches, Cow Guts, And Other Pictures From A Thailand Food/Fish Market

  Bright colors–of vegetables and cow guts. Fried toad. Live toad. Crustaceans and catfish. And all the locals supplying and buying the goods. On a down day during our stay in rural Chiang Rai Province, I set out with a couple of the boys I was chaperoning to visit the local market. Thai cuisine is…
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One Cliff, Two Rivers, Three Countries: A Story Of Freedom

  I stood at the edge of a cliff overlooking a windy, muddy river coming into view from my left. It meandered its way across my line of sight until meeting another, larger river perpendicularly. This truer river, clearer in direction and color, came into view from the distant horizon straight ahead and continued toward me until…
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The Hmong Mountain Village In Thailand

We walked past one-room houses of bamboo stick walls, straw roofs, and dirt floors. Chickens scampered and clucked about. Children played barefoot and parents in flip-flops tended to the babies, prepped meals, or conducted other daily chores. This was a quiet lifestyle. No machines–though it felt as if we had entered a time machine and gone…
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Teaching Football To Thai Students

  Blue 42; Blue 42!! Our interactions with our sister school in the rural hill country of Thailand went beyond the classroom. Scheduled for two days were: a service project and a sports day. And like my Mom taught me, you do the work first. Then you can go play in the field. *** A service project…
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