Saturday, March 15, 2014

curly hair, epic dance parties, and other short stories.

Anyone who has curly hair knows how hard it is to have people play with your hair. When it’s touched the volume increases, the frizz is out of this world and I end up looking like a wild woman. As most young girls do, the Yaowawit students love to try out new braids and buns on us volunteers. Usually they steer clear of the tangled mess that is plopped on top of my head, but this past Saturday was a different story. I agreed to let the girls do some braiding, and well the pictures can tell the rest of it…

Living in a small village has it’s perks. In Kapong, everyone knows you are from Yaowawit (primarily because you are the only white people), when you go on morning runs everyone yells Hello! And Leo Leo!, and when there is a new restaurant in town everyone needs to try it out. Being the foodies we are, Riley and I have been to the new restaurant a time or two and couldn’t resist their newest addition, paddleboats! After we watched a fairly overweight individual nearly flip the boat, and then end up taking an accidental swim in the murky waters we decided to out our skills to the test. Thankfully our time on the boats was slightly less eventful, and we were able to watch the sunset on the water!

This past week Hong Kong International School was here at Yaowawit. Throughout the week their 21 students helped in the classroom, built our newly implemented recycling system, and joined our high school students in learning about the community of Kapong. To send them off, Yaowawit hosted one of the most epic dance parties to date! It began with choreographed and traditional Thai dances, and turned into a dancing frenzy. We danced (literally) until we had blisters on the bottom of our feet, and were all in desperate need of a shower. Such a fun Friday night!

Thailand weather is unlike any other I have experienced. I used to think that in the Northwest we had conflicting weather, well news to you PNW you’ve got nothing on SE Asia. Right now we are in the midst of hot season and the rain is sparse, like I haven’t seen rain for the past month or two. Well that is until today. Riley and I showed up at the beach and were greeted by the most beautiful beach scene. We noticed the clouds slowly rolling, and then the sky turned black and we were crowded under an umbrella as the heavy rain began. It was only temporary and the 95-degree sun was back in action, so we thought. We took this as our chance to venture to the market (FOR THE LAST TIME!) when the monsoons attacked! Being the seasoned Thais we are, we bought ponchos and made our last minute purchases while we were laughed at by farangs.