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Monday, October 29, 2007

First Day Back

My holiday is over and now I'm back at school. I went to Kanchanaburi, where the bridge over the river Kwai is. While we were there we were given a guided tour at a special price because I am a teacher. Our guide took us to a Thai funeral and took us to meet his 3 children, something that your average tourist doesn't get to experience. I talked to an MP from the Thai Democrat party.

After Kanchanaburi I headed down to Krabi. The town itself is quite small and only really used as a pier for people travelling to Ko Pii Pii and Ko Lanta and the Krabi beaches but there's a class wee bar there where everything is made form driftwood found on the beaches. After Krabi I headed up to Ko Tao. It's a beautiful island next to Ko Pha Ngan, where the full moon parties happen but unfortunately the bad weather followed me everywhere so I headed back to Lop Buri for my last week of holiday.

There are 6 new teachers in town so it's spiced things up a bit for us. 4 Americans and 2 English girls. There is meant to be a new teacher starting at our school but we've not seen him yet. Today was the first day of term and I have been given the best timetable ever. I have ten classes with 1/16, 2/16 and 3/18 who are all MEP's and they get lessons in air conditioned rooms. The rest of my classes are a mixture of year 1's, 5 and 6's so it's something totally different to what I've been used to. I am glad not to have to teach the year 2's anymore. They were a handful. Although I'm sure it's going to be just as much of a challenge this term, just a different kind of challenge.

In a couple of weeks the MEP classes and the the English department teachers will be going camping for 2 days at one of the nearby national parks. I will make sure to take many many photographs as I didn't take that many on holiday. But the weather was so poor it would've been pointless.


Anonymous said...

Ooooohh - your holiday sounds good Banana. If only I hadn't started a respectable job I like there is no doubt I would be doing the same as you - it sounds like the best thing to do ever. Yesterday I got a copy of Mikeys CD so that means II can post your package. wHOOP Whoop!
I am excited as this week it is halloween - Wednesday night I'm watching scary movies and Friday I'm going to a halloween party. Dressing up is of course necessary. I decided t ogo as lady dracula. I don; think such a character exists but sure, who will know!
Just heading off to work now - will be busy as I had a short week last week due to the Dam trip (which was fun as always).
Speak soon my love.

Nelly said...

Sorry you didn't get the weather but it sounds like an incredible experience. I'm glad you're back though. Email me your address.

Mucho love.

Anonymous said...

Shame about the weather on your holiday but still sounds like fun. How do we get Christmas presents to you? Dad xxxxx

hootchinhannah said...

Don't worry about addresses just now as it looks like possibly maybe definitely I will be coming back in a matter of 1 week. I'll post the full story when I'm not busy dealing with the big horrible mess my employer has left me with.