On Friday morning I said goodbye to the students and teachers of Watputthisan School at morning assembly. It was a little more emotional than I thought it might be as some of the teachers and children appeared genuinely sad to see me go. After the difficult emotional parting I had had from my first volunteer effort in China in 2008, I have not let myself get as emotionally attached in subsquent assignments. Yet, having gotten to know many of these wonderful people, I felt a little sad to go.
The bus ride from school to Bangkok took about 5 hours but was relaxing and uneventful. I checked into this very nice hostel about 4pm and had a restful night. Saturday morning I went to the airport to meet Michael who arrived about noon – so great to see him! I am a little homesick at present (would probably like to come home now but too many adventures await me) and having him here has rejuvenated me.
Saturday afternoon we went to the massive market at Chatuchack – there must be 40 acres of buildings selling everything imaginable… nice stuff too, not much junk. We took a tuk-tuk to get there and I got the video below during the ride.
It was hot and we were tired so about 2 hours was enough for us (we’re not really shoppers, anyway.) When we left the market, we walked through a very nice little park adjacent to the market where we took this photo.
Last night we checked out the Khaosan Road scene – pretty tacky but interesting to see and we had a nice meal. It’s now 6am and in one hour a tour guide will pick us up for a full-day “Food and Floating Market Tour” – I’m really looking forward to it!