We just returned to the school after staying at Jason’s house for the weekend. Today we taught about 6 hours at his learning center so I’m beat. We had a relaxing Saturday, though, including a visit to a place called the Khao Chakan Arboretum about 20 minutes from Jason’s house. (You can view the location on Google Maps by clicking here or download the KML file for Google Earth viewing by clicking here.)
The mountains there are quite impressive: jutting straight upwards with nothing around them but the flat farmlands of Sakeao. A cave at the foot of the mountain houses a small Buddhist Temple and large caves at the top serve as the homes of millions of bats which apparently come out every night at 5:45 (I didn’t know that at the time: we left about 4pm but we couldn’t have stayed any longer as Jason was helping his brother with some errands.) By far, the main attraction at Khao Chakan Arboretum is the troupe of the wild monkeys that live there. There must at least a thousand of them. They come down to the parking area for treats during the day and retreat up the mountain at night. Many people feed them but you do so at your own risk: they are very good thieves – I held onto my cell phone tightly.
Tomorrow through Thursday will be busy teaching days but Thursday (Feb 13th) after school, Jason will take Laurian and me to the home of Teacher Pon (a really nice young lady who is one of our kindergarten teachers) up near Buri Ram, Thailand. There, we will enjoy a 3-day weekend resulting from the school holiday on Friday for Buddha’s birthday. Buri Ram is supposed to be very interesting but I don’t know exactly why. Like many other events, you just have to “go with the flow” and never know exactly what to expect :-).