Friday 11th January by Yasmin
(11 January 2011)
Today was a particularly sad day, as after a morning of teaching marked by a limited level of concentration and resembling more a session of games and fun for the children, we had to say our final goodbyes to the village! Part of me is so sad because of the limitations on language and our limited time with the village, I wish so much more that we could have gotten to know the villagers better as even from the limited time we have spent here it is evident that they have some pretty interesting traditions and rituals!
The teachers very kindly decided to cook us their interpretation of English food, which after my bad stomach was definitely much appreciated. French fries and tuna toasties have never tasted so good! We sat and ate dinner with all of the teachers who during our stay have provided some of the most enjoyable and interesting company; we have never felt so welcomed by a group of people. We were presented with gifts and thanks from the wonderful headmaster and bid our final farewell to the school, walking through the village back to the house for the last time. After packing up 4 weeks of mess and clutter into our very dirty backpacks the hospital bus collected us and took us to Nan for an afternoon of errands and last minute organisation before we departed on the overnight coach to Bangkok. La-aied took us to a lovely restaurant on one of Nans main streets where we sat and shared our last meal (more delicious Thai food) with La-aied. Yim had promised to come to the bus station to say goodbye which in itself was such a wonderful gesture which we thoroughly appreciated, so after the goodbyes and teary eyes, we departed for Bangkok, planning to sleep through most of the 11 hour bus journey.