Today was just amazing. It was my first full day here & it was AWESOME! I woke up & had cereal for breakfast. The milk is like half & half. Haha we got ready & headed to the lahu village. I was a little nervous but we got there & I immediately felt loved. The language barrier is so annoying but honestly it's amazing how much you can still connect with the ppl. Two of the guys here taught a first aid class to the adults while the rest of us got a tour of the village & just played with the kids. Non stop. They have so much energy!!! I loved every second of it. They just run up to you & hug you & hold your hand & (in my case) steal your phone & take accidental recording & photos. Lol SO CUTE! Most of Thailand is Buddhist but this village was Christian. Which was interesting. Thai ppl here also take their shoes off almost whenever they go inside which is also interesting. Anyways, such a good time at this village we will going back tomorrow, well aaaaaaanddd like everyday after that hahah. Then we left to get lunch at the usual place we eat at a lot down the street from our house. The food is so good! We relaxed at the house for a bit before going to a teen tech/trade school to teach English. They were kinda shy at first but then as soon as you open up to them they warm up to you so fast. That's kinda how it is with all kids really. As soon as you say hi or "sawadii ka" they're like oh, & all over it. After that we went to tesco (store) to get some supplies. We got ice cream while we were they cause duh. It tasted amazing on such a hot day. By this point of the day I literally felt like a sticky bun. That's the only way I can describe being sticky from the humidity & so dirty. With wind blown hair. Oh yeah we ride in the bed of trucks everywhere we go. I love it. Were all just crammed in the back of two trucks haha. We then went to the Aka village. We got a tour of this village as well. It seemed a bit nicer & this village in particular is drug free. Just a great village. We are building a canal with sand bags so that when it rains it doesn't flood their dirt soccer field anymore. I guess it just becomes a swamp over the whole area! Then we played with the kids (always playing with kids) haha & then played soccer. There was just a bunch of teen boys & then our team leads & girls. After about 30 minutes I felt in the way so I stepped out and played with kids more hahah. The boys are actually really good! & they live it! On our way home from that it started to DOWN POOR!!!! Like literally dripping wet. In the back of a truck. DRIPPING. & we went to dinner before going home so that was uncomfortable in wet clothes but the food was good so whatevs we got Rita's for dessert. Like fried crepe things....? Idk but they are yum! Anyways I'm exhausted! Good, long day.
This is at the lahu village...
This was where we taught English.
This was at the Aka village.
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