Week 3 of our vacation began in Bangkok, Thailand where we stayed right in the hustle and bustle of Kao San Road. Loads of bars, restaurants, spas and street markets lined the street where hundreds of people hung out 24/7. When we got there Saturday night, we walked around the nearby streets taking in all of the people (local and foreign), music, vendors, etc. We found some street food to split – Pad Thai, 4 spring rolls, and a 20 oz. beer all for under $4!
We arrived in Krabi Town and went to scope out the area since we were only there for one night. We ran into another street market, and a few pubs and restaurants. There was also a pretty view of the river you could walk along. In the morning, we woke up early, and took a tuk-tuk to Tiger Cave Temple. There was a temple and very cool buildings, along with a waterfall and signs indicating that you could buy monkey food.
Thailand is amazing! Luke and I stepped off the plane and were immediately overwhelmed. Experienced a bit of culture shock as we immediately started bartering for a taxi to the guest house we were staying at. We arrived to the guest house around 11:00 pm and met Boyd, our host, who told us to drop our bags and go straight to the Sunday Night Market.
For two weeks (eight days), four teachers taught students who were part of the Boston Program and four teachers taught “Winter Intensive” camp of students who had been to CEV before and were there to learn more. The Boston Program is an annual program that consists of students interviewing and taking tests to prove their English skills in order to travel to Boston for two weeks.
As Christmas approached, social media unsurprisingly became filled with friends and families spending time together over the holidays. For some it was even a White Christmas! For the past 25 years I’ve spent this holiday with my family, and this year I wasn’t able to join them. I was a little down in the dumps at times because of it and would be lying if I said I had “the perfect Christmas” that I was used to. That being said, my Christmas was a new kind of perfect!