No, I wasn't in Thailand in May, you are not confused. I apparently named H one of the most difficult names to pronounce in other languages. I have giggled in the past listening while people struggle to say her name. I guess for Thais, it is next to impossible. They just don't have those sounds in their alphabet. Therefore she was given the Thai name "May".
May spent the first month of her six month journey in a village. She stayed with a lovely newlywed couple Mae Jon and her husband who I'll just call Dad.
|L, Mae Jon, H, and "Dad"|
I really enjoyed watching L and H teach those kids. They taught three different classrooms the day I was there. It was incredibly remarkable to me to listen to the 4 girls speak Thai everywhere they went. They did such a great job of learning it and I was so impressed. But I'll let the pictures and videos speak for themselves. They tell a much better story than I.
|Cute little critter climbing around the walls in the classroom. And I didn't even scream.|
Here are more pictures of the village. Just remember I take pictures of random stuff. Doesn't mean there is meaning. Doesn't mean there isn't. Just means I am a girl with a camera.
|This lovely lady reminded me of the Robins' grandma. She sat on her stool carefully weeding or caring for the plants (not sure which) that grew between her bricks. She lives in front of Mae Jon and Dad's house. You can see their house in the back.|
|Mae Jon and Dad's house|
|This is the king. Everything in Thailand revolves around him. Pictures of him are in schools, homes, hanging from elaborate signs in the streets, etc. Thai people love their king.|
|the "old" kitchen area in the house. I say "old" because this house is fairly new.|
|the new kitchen area - it had been in the house|
|the new kitchen area|
|her sewing area|
|the school complex|
|the school complex|
|this pic and the next 3 were lunch provided by the school for the teachers.|
|what I ate|
|the kids getting snacks after lunch. this is their cafeteria.|
|resting after school|
|this little guy had a crush on H. he kept bringing her flowers.|
|the flowers the kids brought me|