Sà-wàt-dee ka, สวัสดี !
Week 2 and 3 have been a whirlwind of activity classes, homework, work from home (it is transfer time and lots of emails an updates to stay on top of), connecting to family and loved ones(Happy Birthday sister Yvette!) and fellowship.
Before we get to the actual “work” portion (in my next post), I will give a brief update on my weekend experience at the Floating Market. There is so much to do and see I realized that while I do want to share the updates and course content – there is importance to people and relationships and I must say that my cohort of Peace Fellows and I have become fast friends.
I do not say that lightly. We are a diverse group of people from varied places and backgrounds, interests and perspectives. We often disagree, with each other and sometimes even our presenters BUT we do this with respect and open minds! I do not mean to sound too polyanna but it just makes me feel truly optimistic that everyone is trying so hard to have an open mind, to listen and to model respect, that there is much reason to hope for and expect positive change in our world!
Back to the weekend. It was absolutely AWESOME. Clearly, I have not yet improved my prose, but that sums it up best!
5 friends (Peace Fellows) and I rented a van and driver and were dropped off at Lat Yai train Station where we hopped the train 2 stops (for a cost of 3 baht each- which is less then a penny) to Maeklong station and “train” market. As the train arrived at the station people, stalls and market products were literally inches from the train! Bystanders were taking pictures of us (well the train really) it was a sea of people and products. Within minutes of getting off the train I could see why. A portion of the market was on the train tracks. As soon as the train pulled away the entire track was covered with the market stalls and wares for sale! Everyting from Fruits and vegetables, fish (fresh), raw meats , cloths and others sounvenir type goods. https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/a-guide-to-the-maeklong-railway-market-in-bangkok/
After walking around abit we were picked up again, and driven to the Damnoen Saduak (ดำเนินสะดวก Dảneins̄adwk ) floating market. The Floating Market is located at Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi Province, about 105 kms (65 miles) from Bangkok. It is mainly a tourist attraction in that you rent a boat and driver and are driven up and down canals to souvenir shops on the canals banks or to other small wooden boats filled with wares to barter. It was great fun, we had a dizzying amount of food, and we smiled and laughed almost the entire time.
As we are beginning to get into the real practical and academic portions of our agenda I will attempt to share both components and even some of the learning in the separate tab. Finally, and not least – pictures. There are some pretty amazing and dedicated photographers in our group. While you usually see me in the back row of the pictures (not just because I am tall), I have come to appreciate the value and storey that pictures can tell. I will update my posts with pictures so you can not only read and follow along but you can really “see” through the pictures the power of this experience, learning and people!
Rātrī s̄wạs̄di̒ – ราตรีสวัสดิ์ – good night.