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Arrived back in Nongkhai in time for the 60th birthday party of the founder of T2T. Was fun. Had traditional thai orchestra and dancers, the music is growing on me but still not my favourite.
Spent the week teaching at a summer camp at Meechia school, but only a few hours each morning so not too much. Katy and Laura are here, came to visit for 3 days which has been so good. Is great to see them and show them round. Saw all the sights and of course Bar Nanas, the quality thai club! They leave tonight on the train, will be very quiet in my room when they've gone as not so many people here now so I don't have a roommate.
The temperature has risen a lot now, 35-40 most days, don't quite know what to do with ourselves. No school tomorrow though so it has been declared a "pool day", bring on the suntan!
Ok, so after the first pool day followed 3 more in a row which did wonders for the tan. Then Songkran week started. This is the thai new year festival and was awesome! It basically consisted of one huge water fight around the whole city with everyone getting involved. I had the huge water pistol that I'd always dreamed about as a kid. We made friends with a thia family camped out on the street and shared their water (and whiskey). There was music everywhere and you were basically soaked the whole day! It's hard to describe really but if you get the chance to be here for it you should definately do it.
The week after I spent inPhon Phisai teaching at a summer camp for 3 days. It was a pretty easy life really, just 2 hours of teaching a day. Apart from that we just chilled, played badminton adn ate. A very good milkshake place where it only costs 10baht, about 15p, bargain!
Then today we went on a "jungle tour" with Jack, the guy who runs Phon Phisai. It was called his Isaan (the region we are in) survival course. Well, not quite as jungle as we expected but fun. We went by boat around the river for a while and then stopped and cooked on a fire, made fish, chicken, veg etc... We had had images of catching things with spears but unfortunately none of us caught anything! Lots of fun though.Having my goodbye party with some others tonight as lots of us are leaving this week. Cowboys and Indians theme so will put some photos on soon.
Have enjoyed my last week in Nongkhai. Have been teaching at a few different English camps which have all been fun. The last 2 days have been at Meechia which was fun but the kids a little wild! Tday they gave us all roses to say thankyou which was very sweet. Get the train tomorrow night to Bangkok and then flying Sunday to Sydney. Mixed emotions, sad to leave but very excited to go to Australia!