Weaving Memories

The giddiness rose up in me as I planted myself on the ground in front of the loom. The Lahu lady helped strap me into the loom and guided my hands across the weaved strings. Each tool within the loom has a purpose and I slowly began to learn the pattern. There are some tasks…

Trial and Error

“One child is one child too many”. The heartbreaking reality that children, teenagers, women, and men continue to be trafficked, molested, raped, and exploited. The surface level of statistics does no justice to those who are caught in fear and hopelessness. And in learning about the struggles of the Mekong region, I in turn feel…

Beyond Tourism

I walked down the four flights of stairs with the sound of multiple keyboards and the distant smell of rain. I was able to video chat my wonderful parents and process some of the things I have been learning. I happen to be the only verbal processor here, so it is amazing how technology gives…

PhD in Buddhism

How incredible an experience when it is first hand. We entered class in a new location and met a Buddhist monk who is high in rank. In fact, he has a PhD in Buddhism and teaches other monks. The experience seemed unreal. How on earth am I able  to learn about Buddhism directly from a…

The Edge

Most of you know that my health has been a constant battle. One of my fears in coming to Thailand was how my body may react to the food and my surroundings. On Sunday I woke up feeling off, hopped in the van for a bumpy ride for three hours and then attended two services…

Garden of Future

Saturday morning was the first calm morning that we have had. I had the opportunity of chatting with a couple of my best friends, which always helps me feel grounded amongst an unfamiliar place. I do not recall ever being in a surrounding where I am constantly learning. Everything is new and even though we take…

Suburban Thailand

On Friday we spent the majority of the day in class. We had both of our classes back to back with lunch in between. The first class was History of the Mekong region.  I read quite the amount of background information on the region, so I expected class to be the same. The professor is…

World Changers

The room was silent with intent. Glances to see who was in the room and guessing where each person was from was apparent. It was a room of international scale with individual world changers coming together for one purpose. To educate for the purpose of helping better women’s educational and social status. We watched a documentary…

Food Language

The sky lit up a spectacular purple against the dark grey of the clouds. The pouring down rain was a familiar sound as the thunder rose to a roar. The storms here are beautiful to watch. It is something that is a normal part of living here. To me, the storms are something big, new, and…

Experiential Learning

Today was my first day of class! We rode the sung-theouw (phonetic spelling) over to the Friends of Asia foundation for class. The professor gave us a background of the Mekong region and a general outline of the course. The professor also had wisdom about life. He said, “Education is a life process”, which is…

A Botanical Day

The moment of perspective came as we hiked up to level 10 of Mae Su Waterfalls. I never realized how many experiences in the past have led me to where I am today. Hiking up to the falls was steep, with rough terrain, but it came to mind the adventures, the training, and the unexpected…

First Day

The first day consisted of Church, walks into town, riding the sung tou (a taxi essentially), and the night market! I guess it was the plan to keep us out late and busy so we would not be tempted to sleep, haha. I feel the jet lag at moments, but so far am doing well….