an open-air lesson of English, tought by a monk
I went to Mae Sot
, a Thai town located close to the border with Myanmar because my guidebook described it as an etnically interesting place....It took about 3 hours to get there from Sukhothai
(with a bus change in Tak) and during the last hour or so we encounter three check points - looking for illigal migrants from Myanmar (I guess)....I didn't find anyhing particularly interesting about the town except for the fact that there were a lot of people from Myanmar and a quite large Muslim community. When I was visiting one of the Wats a man from Myanmar came to me and asked me: "what can I do for you?" and I kindly replied: "Nothing". We exchanged smiles and he somehow became my city guide for the rest of the afternoon and I got him a beer later in the evening as my thanks. When we were saying good bye to each other he asked me for some money but I refused to give him anything because I thought he had wanted to spend time with me because of "intercultural exchange" and not for money. I explained it to him and he easily understood my message. The very next morning, when I was leaving my guesthouse for a bus station I saw him waiting for me....My first thought was "what he hell does he want?"....but he only walked with me to the bus station, watched me eating my breakfest noodles (even if I asked him to eat with me), waited for my minibus to Tak and left....