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Weekly Update #3478
November 9, 2008, 1:20 am
Filed under: Pictures Post, Thailand, Video Post


This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.

Hey everyone,
So first off I just want to say how happy I am that OBAMA WON! It was around 10 AM in Thailand when the news broke out and my teacher ran out to buy us all beers and we sat around the huge TV in the hostel’s office watching Obama’s victory speech. We celebrated all day long and went out partying at night (We drank ‘Obama cocktails’- props Chai’s bar), and we lit up an ‘Obama’ Thai lantern and sent it flying in the sky, along with fireworks. It was a pretty tight celebration in Chiangmai. Wish I could’ve spent the day in Kenya though, where apparently they went on national holiday. I was so happy and proud to be an American that day.
So we’ve completely settled down in Chiangmai now and taking in the area. One night we decided to sit in on a Chiangmai town meeting- oh guess what, we heard people talk in Thai for 2 hours. Super interesting.
But I did get to sit down for a ‘monk chat’ and talk to some monks from Cambodia. Yes, I know what you’re all asking. I now know monk jokes. I can’t ever reveal them to anyone, though. Just like they can’t reveal the knock-knock jokes Mira and explained to them.
We also made a pilgrimage to Doi Suthep, the most famous Buddhist wat (a Thai monastery) in Chiangmai. Pretty much everyone got sick from the crazy winding mountains and Rachel threw up. Sweet, don’t worry about it.
On a more serious note, we went to a Thai orphanage for a few hours to play with the kids, and I kind of had that feeling like I was in Calcutta again volunteering at Mother Theresa. Some of the people in my group didn’t really want to interact with the kids or play with them. I came with the feeling that I have a much better life than these kids and if I can donate a few hours of my time to make them feel wanted and loved, then it’s the very least I can do. I felt that thing about volunteering again, you know, helping these kids taking that one small step in their life that they’ll never remember you for, whether it’s changing their diaper or washing their clothes or pushing them around on a merry-go-round. But I will remember.
Unfortunately this whole ‘giving back’ plan gave Jeff, Rachel, and I something in return: some kind of crazy stomach virus. So I’m not sure whether it’s from the kids or if there’s a crazy little parasite in my stomach but it hasn’t been a fun weekend. One of the wonderful things about traveling…
OH also forgot to mention, I hacked off all of my hair. I decided the dreadlocks, while they were fun for a bit, not really my thing. The cutting-of-hair was a complete impulse decision; I was about to go to bed at 2 AM and then I just got up, went over to the mirror, and pulled out some nail clippers. I cut off one of my dreadlocks and I was like ‘alright, let’s do this.’ I got Amy to help me cut everything else off and we took lots of pictures, which you can find below!

Check out the short clip of my reaction to my newly shorn hair.

Alright so here’s to laughing through the parasites feasting on my intestines, here’s to learning monk jokes, here’s to cracking open beer at 10 in the morning, and here’s to experiencing the ups and downs of traveling the world.
Check out the haircut pictures below!

The before picture. Amy and I decided that our hair cutting ritual would involve a lot of pictures, and fun music.

My full head of hair, which took years to grow.

My partner in crime, Amy Johnson.

We’ve started cutting.

The cut-off dreadlocks, midway through the process.

I stop to make funny faces.

Break. I was dancing along to the music.

Only a few left now…

Looking like a four year old

Almost gone…

My new hair!

What I looked like before

Bye bye, dreadlocks!

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Hey Cody!Great post – very itvormanife, and spot on. I would just add for those of you looking to live in Thailand that there are many ways to do that, as well. I’ve been living in Krabi, Thailand for just over a year and it is a fantastic place to relax, meet new friends, and enjoy an alternate liifestyle while building or growing your business. If you want to become a bit more involved in cultural experiences, I would HIGHLY recommend teaching and volunteering. You get to see an entirely different part of the country and really experience the people, customs and traditions. These have been some of my favorite experiences abroad yet!Cheers, and thanks for such a great post, I’ll have to add this link to Couchsurfing first timers!

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