Happy Songkran (Thai New Year!) everyone!
While I’m really not a huge fan of getting wet, especially in a water fight, I did manage to play Songkran enough this year that I can say, truthfully, that I participated… 🙂
Last year, I arrived back in Bangkok from Khon Kaen right on the first day of Songkran and was really quite sick from travelling, so I hid out in my house and was happy to miss it.
This year, I went shopping with Sandra. As she was driving, I took over her water gun, and managed to splash a few kids on the side of the road. One of them managed to dump a whole bucket of water on me – even as we were driving past!!!
The other time I got wet was walking from church to lunch on Sunday. It was so weird… There was this old man standing at the side of the road with a water gun facing the sidewalk. He was staring straight off into space, and simply automatically squeezing the trigger every time someone walked past. He got everyone square on with no misses, and yet he could have been sleeping or in a trance or something…. I’m a good sport though (unlike some tourists here – they either go whole hog and are more crazy than locals, or get angry at having water dumped on them… it’s a hazard of the season, people! and in this heat, you’re dry enough before long…).
It only takes about two seconds to figure out why Songkran is celebrated with a water fight in April – it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hot here at this time of year!!! Some days when I get home I just WISH somebody would dump a bucket of water on my head! (Caveat: I’d like to know it’s coming. Please do not read this and then pull some kind of prank on me!!! ahhh!!!)
So, to finish off an April filled with holidays and short work weeks, we now have this whole week off school for Songkran and Spring Break. I have a book to finish reading and a paper to write, both for work. Then… I just found out my best friend from Nepal will be in Chiang Mai for a conference and is arriving this Friday! So, I’ve made some quick reservations and will be flying up there to spend the weekend hanging out. I am SO looking forward to seeing her again!
Incidentally, she made this parody of the popular song “I Can Only Imagine” – now it is about imagining the day she’ll be able to speak Nepali! Totally something anyone immersed in a foreign language culture can relate to! In just a couple of weeks, she already has almost 16,000 views!
And in other news… I arrive back in Canada on June 2. Last time I went home, I had a list of things I thought I missed that I wanted to be sure to experience again – mostly foods that I missed. However, when I got home and had them again, I realized they weren’t as great as I’d remembered, and I’m totally okay with that. Fewer things to miss makes it easier to be away, and also less to cram in while I’m home. This time, my list is much more trimmed down: a proper hotdog, Cowboy steaks, and a Tim Horton’s chocolate chip muffin (only that flavour, only from there). In terms of experiences, there are family members I didn’t get to see while I was home before, so those are a high priority for me. And I’ll make it home in time for Harley’s graduation – hooray! I have a few chores that will need to get done, considering I’m not likely to be home for two years.
Well, I think I’m out of things to share for now… I hope you all have a great day!!!