Life in Korat as been crazy busy. Between finishing end of term grades and reports, two weeks of English summer camps, a brief holiday, and starting a new term, I haven't had much free time to update my blog. When Justin and I aren't at school, we've been spending our time on a new venture: volunteering at animal shelters in our city. Read on to find out why this is so important, to us and to Thailand, and how you can help.
Last weekend, Justin and I laced up our sneakers and headed to the mountains with a group of expats for our first "hash run." Despite it being a little reminiscent of a college frat party, it was a great way to escape the city for a couple days and spend time with new friends.
Last weekend, Justin and I, along with a group of fellow teachers from our school, had the honor of visiting Wat Ban Rai, a temple located about an hour outside Korat. As one of the only temples shaped with an elephant's head and a body of a turtle in Thailand, we were truly lucky to experience this one-of-a-kind place in person.
As I write this, I lay on bed of patterned pillows and colorful tapestries on the rooftop of our guesthouse. The city of Chiang Mai is all around me— tiled rooftops, golden temples, and lush greenery stretch for miles in front of a mountainous backdrop. Between the cool breeze drifting through the rooftop's wind chimes and the soft jazz playing at a restaurant on the street corner below, I think I could stay here forever.
If you've traveled to any Southeastern Asian country, you're familiar with the border hopping process. For those who have no idea what I'm referring to, border hopping is a way to either "restart" your visa or get a new visa entirely.
Life update: Justin and I are in Thailand! For those of you who don't know, we both recently started new English teaching jobs in Korat, Thailand. Read on to learn a bit about where we're living and what life as a teacher is like here.