|Nong Khiaw, Laos|
After spending almost 11 months in Southeast Asia, I've finally returned home to the States. It has been over a month now since I've been back and still, I find myself trying to make sense of the experience that I had while abroad. How has this past school year changed me? Will I be back, living in Thailand again someday? Now what do I do with my life?
Mulling over these questions since being home and packing in experiences my last few months in Asia, it has been a while since I've updated my blog. It is daunting trying to summarize such a significant amount of time but there are parts of my story I can't leave out. And so, I would like to share a few highlights from the end of my abroad experience.
Shortly after my family visited me in Chiang Mai, I celebrated my 3rd New Years of the year 2015. Songkran festival marks the Thai New Year's day, which is based on the Buddhist solar calendar. Songkran lasts 3 days, April 13 - 15 and is marked by a nationwide water fight.
|the "weapon" doesn't much matter.. but it's all about the ICE water!|
|sunrise at main temple, Angkor Wat|
|Mr. Yin Yeng|
|the water in this reservoir is just as hot as the air!|
Yin took us to the reservoir pictured above. Being the only foreigners there, it felt like a very Cambodian experience - which was a nice change of pace from touristy Siem Reap. Rows of hammocks were set up on posts stuck into the ground and families sprawled out, enjoying music and laughter and food. Children splashed and played in the water and I had fun joining them. We were so eager to get into the water and out of the heat, but really it was no cooler than the air!
The final few weeks in Chiang Mai flew by, as we all knew they would. Never have I felt so attached to a group of people - it was so hard to say goodbye. Aside from all the time spent begrudgingly finishing schoolwork and studying for our finals, we filled our last days going back to our favorite spots, soaking up the time we had left together and preparing for our next journey.
|end of the year party for Thai language class|
|favorite spot in Chiang Mai, The Quarry or "Grand Canyon"|
|one of my favorite professors, Ajarn Keat!|
Khob khun mak khaaaaaaa (thank you so much) - Suwana
Just a few pictures from my travels in Laos and Vietnam after my semester:
|kuang xi waterfall - Luang Prabang, Laos|
|beautiful girls in Hmong hill tribe, northern Laos|
|rice terraces in Sapa|
|sand dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam|
Chok dii na khaaaa :) good luck