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The Weekend Away

            Being so close to Bangkok has its perks, like having a 10 baht bus into the city center. This weekend my friend Kaley and I got a room at the Chatrium Residence Sathron for two nights because we had a long weekend. We got there on Saturday and did nothing besides go to the pool, sleep, watch HBO and get Mexican food. That’s right, Mexican food. Nothing like home, but still satisfies the craving. Sunday we also lay by the pool but then took a trip into Chinatown. I honestly felt like I was in China. There were so many people, and vendors; it was very overwhelming for a small-town girl like me. My anxiety was definitely high during the couple hours I was there, totally out of my element. But I did get some nice scarves and a cute bracelet for cheap so that was awesome.

            On Sunday night we went to the Sky Bar at Lebua (where they filmed The Hangover II.) You go for one drink because the drinks are starting at $15. After watching the sunset there we wandered around until we found a place cheap enough for us to get some beers. After getting a Singha in me, I was able to relax for a moment.

            Monday we were out by the pool till 2 then had to head back home. I was so sad that we had to leave, but I’m happy because I know I’ll be able to go there again in two weeks. And then I have no plans on leaving the hotel. The hotel had American channels, a microwave, fridge with a working freezer…they have everything I don’t have in my room. It’ll be my own little escape :)

                Now I’m back in my room in Salaya, sick with a stomach bug of sorts. I tried leaving school today but was sent to the nurse’s office where I slept next to my students. I felt weird at first, but then I saw teachers come in to take naps. It got a little less strange but whatever, it’s Thailand you go with it. If I don’t feel better tomorrow I’m gonna have to experience the hospital and I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet. So pray for me ;)

Love,

Catie

P.S. Enjoy a very awkward pool photo of me below!

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5 Things to Bring with you to Ko Tao

Last weekend I was blessed with a 5-day weekend (why I don’t know, I went with it.) Anyway my friend Christine and I took the most of it and traveled south to Ko Tao for a relaxing weekend of sunsets, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pools. While down there I realized that I should have either planned ahead, or brought some stuff. So here is a list of things I wish I had brought

-More cash. Everywhere takes cash and you spend the money far quicker than you think

-A ticket home. On Sunday we were stuck at a bus station at Chumpon because we didn’t get a train ticket home. We also didn’t have enough cash for bus tickets. So, we pulled together all the money we had and begged the ticket lady to let us on a bus

= Alcohol. 2 for 1-bucket deals can be a rip off

- Advil. For the mornings…you know

- A towel. When you only have one towel for the pool/beach things get sandy and not fun!

Go to Ko Tao and thank me later. Below are some pictures #nofilter. We also stayed at the Wind Beach Resort (or maybe Beach Wind Resort?) Stay there. It’s cheap, have a pool/pool bar, diving company on site, and free breakfast.

 

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Anxiety in Thailand

    I think the main reason why I decided to do these entries is because I know that if someone isn’t holding me accountable for them, I won’t do it. My anxiety seems to always make sure I’m not productive. If it wasn’t for my family back home I probably wouldn’t have finished my applications for Thailand, and I would still be in the same loop I’ve been in for the past year and a half.

    Well, now I’m in Thailand teaching Mattyom 2 and 6 (8th graders and Seniors.) I’m located in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, which is roughly 30 minutes west of Bangkok. If I can push past my obstacles at home, then I should be able to push past them here, right? Lord I hope so or I’ll be in for a long 5 months.

    In the past few weeks I have been around Bangkok, and travelled to Kanchanaburi and Pattaya. I’ve also been to a floating market and Khao San Road. You could say I’ve done my fair share of touristy things, but I’m not complaining. Every trip I’ve made whether it is with my friends or with orientation, has pushed me mentally. Every time I go somewhere new in Thailand I am out of my comfort zone. Which is both a good and a bad thing depending on how you look at it.

    Today I no longer feel like I’m going to throw up every time I leave the house. (Yay improvements!) I'm doing things on my own (Go Catie!) Every day will be a new battle and I’m ready to fight them. Days will be easy and hard. It’s Thailand, you just gotta go with the flow.

Below are some pictures from my first few weeks. Let me know what you think.

 

Sky bar

Sky Bar where the Hangover Part II was filmed! (The guys had to rent pants before entering the bar...)
Dat water

Dat water tho.

Pretty

This photo was taken on the Bridge Over the River Kwai! 

Love, Catie

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