The Little One Comes to Thailand
Before I get started on my sister's trip to Thailand, let's review some of the things I've done in the previous weeks here in Surat. 1. We went grocery shopping. I know this was fun when I went off on my own to college, but here it is even more exciting! When you live in a place that doesn't have food that you're used to - eating can sometimes be a challenge (a fun challenge) but a challenge nonetheless. So grocery shopping at Tops (the western food mecca) is a glorious and freaking expensive outing! James was particularly happy this day as we ventured down the tea aisle. This Brit would make the Queen cry with his love for the elegant brew.
Now, number 5 will lead into Lori's visit to the great unknown. A few weeks ago, Angela, B, Haley and I ventured around our area to find some monkeys, buddha, and a great view -- what else would you do with your weekend?
This guy was the most playful and would follow us around the cage wherever we walked! It's great to know that even in our "layover" city there are some cool spots to check out when you have less than an hour to do so. Our first stop was to the animal sanctuary (I don't know the real names of these places, so this is what it is referred to as). We played with some monkeys and enjoyed the views of Surat from up above. Then we headed to a temple a little further down the road. Even though this was my second time here in less than a month, I really enjoy this spot. It's nice to be reminded of the Thai's spiritual beliefs and how they honor their ancestors. I think Lori had a good time and was happy to be out of my sweltering room and loud classroom for a bit.
When we were done being tourists, she came with me to be a teacher. Sitting in on my classes, I'm sure, was somewhat of a bore for a person traveling 48 hours to get here...but we had a good time. Lori was able to spread her knowledge and love for ballroom dancing with Dani Jo's class of students as they learned about different cultures. (Check out Dani's blog for more Thailand fun!)