Location: Samutsongkram Province
Today began with a grueling wake up call at the very unpleasant time of 6:30am. Luckily, the day got a lot better when we took a van to the Duang Prateep Foundation to meet the teenagers from Klong Toey that we would be spending the next couple days with. It was awkward and no one mingled until we were forced to play some very weird games on the bus. Although weird, the game did end up being fun and helped us learn each others names. We had to pick a name card and then guess what the person looked like, which of course meant that genders got mixed up (cough cough Denver ;)), stereotypes were revealed, and there was a lot of laughing. After a fairly entertaining 2 hour bus ride we arrived at the DPF orphanage that would become our “home base” for the next 2 days. We played a bunch of games together, and then brainstormed in our own groups about issues facing youth in Thailand and in our home countries. Afterwards, we were assigned buddies and then shuttled onto a boat that would take us to 4 different temples. It was pretty interesting going to the temples with our Thai buddies and performing the various rituals with them. After the temples we were taken to a floating market to get some souvenir shopping done. Nina even got to cook some sort of sweet tortilla thing! Shopping ended at 6:30pm so that we could get back on the boat and go see fireflies that live in many of the trees along the river side in this part of Thailand (pretty cool sight). When we got back to the orphanage, we were served a delicious Thai meal and played some volleyball (I use the term loosely because the ball was barely blown up and we all kind of sucked haha). The day was wrapped up with an awesome dance party where the Thai kids proceeded to show us how much better at dancing they were than us! Overall it was an amazing day and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us tomorrow.