Just a bit outside the city of Chiang Mai is a mountain known as Doi Suthep. This mountain is home to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is one of the most sacred sites in Thailand dating back to the 14th century. It also features numerous hill tribe villages and stunning natural beauty.
Living and traveling abroad for an extended period of time poses a unique set of issues. As I approach a year abroad I figured it would be a good time to share my experiences and tips on dealing with homesickness.
I still think of Louisville as home, but for the next 5 months (at least) I will be living in a wonderful little Thai town known as Mueang Phetchabun.
Let me start by reiterating that I am by no means a wealthy person, and neither is my family (though I'll give my mom plenty of credit for helping support me in many ways). I worked two jobs throughout most of college, and after graduation continued working for minimum wage. I have bills like everyone else: rent, groceries, cell phone, you name it. Yet here I am about to leave on an extended trip!
Now that midterms have finished and I'm finally into a routine here, I figure now is a good time to share my thoughts and experiences on being a TEFL teacher in Thailand. It certainly has been an incredible experience thus far, but it has both ups and downs.
Hello all! Hope this post finds you well. As I sit in the Chiang Mai airport awaiting my flight to Bangkok (which I have very mixed feelings about), I figured it would be a good time to give an update on my time spent in Chiang Mai.
I quit two jobs that were not only enjoyable but also afforded a very comfortable lifestyle, sold (most) all the stuff I had acquired over my lifetime, and gave up my apartment. I said goodbye to friends and family, knowing it may be quite sometime before I see them again. In retrospect this all seems a bit foolhardy, and it's certainly caused it's fair share of anxiety, but ultimately this is really the only thing I can imagine myself doing for the time being.
So this is it. The day I had spent so many months of planning, preparing, and anticipating was finally here. As the clock ticked away my remaining time at home, nerves and anxiety began to sink in. Was this a huge mistake? What in the hell was I thinking? Why would I leave everything behind like this?
Recently I had to take a trip to the Thai-Myanmar border, specifically the towns of Mae Sot and Myawaddy. Here is a quick write up for anyone needing to do the same!
For me traveling is a way to learn more about the world I inhabit. It's a way to learn from others as well as a way to (hopefully) share my own knowledge with others. Simply put, traveling is my way of becoming a better person by bettering myself and giving back to the world.