Maelenoi, Rice and Spiders.

Suwadeekap!

Well, Bobby and I made it safely to the Maelenoi school yesterday afternoon about four. They stopped the bus, handed us our suitcases and waved goodbye. Here we were, out in the middle of no where (literally), don’t speak a lick of Thai, and we have to find our way. It was awesome. By the grace of God we made it to the places we needed to be.

Let me tell you about my house. It’s the house of the director of the school, but he doesn’t stay here much. He commutes back and forth between the school and Maesariang. Ok, so, the bathroom. Don’t even know where to begin. Toilet which has to be manually flushed. Shower that hardly works, so the buckets next to the water tank are handy. And, it’s the about the size of most people’s pantry (I have, in fact, seen pantries bigger). But the best part is the Mutant Spider (We’ll call him MS) living in the toilet paper role. Oh man, this thing is huge. I think my heart quit beating for a few minutes when I saw it. I literally stood as far away as possible when I showered. Knees knocking. I think we are going to try and man up and do something about MS tonight. Alright, from the bathroom, you travel through the living room which has an old, red, leather couch and head up the stairs to our room. This room consists of two mats in the corner, a towel rod, and a fan. Fantastic. I actually slept great last night considering there was no AC. The Lord wouldn’t lead us out here and peace out, now would he? Oh no.

Today was the first day of teaching. In the least, Bobby and I were a litte shell shocked. We met the English teacher last night and he’s speaks a little bit of English. Well, we started at 8.30 this morning. We taught two back to back and then did another after lunch. The kids in the first class could speak pretty good English, but the kids in the 9.30 didn’t know hardly any so we had to change game plans in the middle. Awesome. I think we both walked out thinking, “What in the world are we doing here?” Ha. The class this afternoon went great. I think we just needed to get the kinks out and work on the nerves. It will only get better from here.

So far, meals have been good. Rice. Rice. Rice. There is also this fruit called Rambutan which is quickly becoming my favorite.

The plan for the afternoon is soccer. Woot Woot!

Hopefully, there will be pictures to come!

-junglejon