FYI-- There will be frequent videos filmed from the perspective of my navel while I drive my bike; my camera is hanging from a neckstrap. In case you were confused.
I have to say that tonight is the most peaceful night I have experienced since my arrival. I think we may have had a slight sprinkle-- the temperature has dropped to a pleasant 85 or so. Maddie flew in 2 nights ago and arrived at our apartment yesterday! She is still catching up on sleep so I am taking the opportunity to watch as much TV that I have missed as possible (Modern Family, Parks & Rec...SNL) and majorly chill out. We watched the Bourne Identity tonight which made me go into super stealth mode and feel like sneaking around the apartment to check stuff out. Proof:
My first whole week here has been very chill overall. I've been eating almost strictly street food--which has saved a ton of money-- and taking my bike everywhere. Salaya is a great little city to live in and the people are incredibly friendly. My apartment is quite comfortable....
Though taxis to school generally are not (when full of 8 people):
(bad panorama... it was ridiculously hard)
Clinical work is going to be very interesting. I could understand a lot of what was going on in the clinic and the hospital from nonverbal cues and tone of voice, but there is a lot to learn before I'm going to feel like I can do much work here! For right now, the Thais seem to be thrilled if I agree to sing "Que Sera, Sera" for them upon request... but I don't need a degree for that, after all. I'll post more about clinical work as I am more involved. For right now, I feel like I have a giant "processing" sign across my forehead as I try to comprehend all that I'm seeing.
I found this book in the music library and I'm really starting to think that it's about to become my best friend. Today a taxi driver had a good laugh at my attempts to speak Thai and my complete inability to understand his teasing.
Tomorrow we will go to Chatuchak (JJ) Weekend Market; the world's largest weekend market with over 15,000 stalls and a span of 35 acres. I'm sure I will have some fantastic pictures and maybe a gift or two for whoever reads this blog :P
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