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Public Transportation Extravaganza!

If you’ve never been on an old bus, fast subway, sky train, water taxi, and tuk-tuk all in one day, I highly suggest it.  Today was our public transportation training day.  We learned how to use the many various forms of public transportation in Bangkok which was a lot of fun but totally exhausting. The CCS staff led us around and it was pretty funny to watch the locals’ reaction as 16 Americans got on their bus or subway or whatever.

The best part was probably the water taxi.  A water taxi is a little boat that goes up and down the river stopping at various little ports.   It is a great way to see the city, but the system seems a little confusing, so I don’t know

Today we also went to Jim Thompson’s house as part of our tour.  Jim Thompson was an American who came to live in Thailand and resurrected the dying art of Siamese silk-weaving.  He disappeared in the Malaysian jungle about 40-50 years ago and his beautiful house is now preserved as a museum.  It was a beautiful place and our tourguide was a lot of fun.

After that, we journeyed to the Temple of Dawn, a gorgeous temple that was built in the late 19th century and is decorated all over in beautiful mosaic.  We climbed up it as far as we could go (about half way) and the stairs were sooo steep and small!  Luckily, my legs were still in good condition from climbing the Olin stairs so much, so I didn’t have much of a problem.

Tomorrow we all start our work placements, which is a little scary but mostly exciting.  There is a girl here who has been working for 3 weeks at the school where I am going tomorrow and she said that the staff and kids there spoil the volunteers that come and are really nice.

I really need to either do some laundry or do some more shopping.  I’m running out of clothes!  Hmmm, maybe I’ll work on solving that dilemma tomorrow.  Right now, I’m going to figure out what to do this weekend.  Some of us are considering going to Chiang Mai, the other big city in Thailand.  I’m going to do some research and see what that’s all about.

Sorry for the short post- busy day and I’m pooped!


2 Responses to “Public Transportation Extravaganza!”

  1. Good luck with your assignment tomorrow! I’m sure the kids will love you!

  2. I do not like the public transportation thing. I know when you do not have a vehicle you have to get to work, so you need some sort of transportation. The times that I have been involved with public transportation is when I did not have a car to come and go. We are very spoiled these days by getting out of the house anytime we want to and go for miles and spend hundreds in fuel. To end it all public transportation is necessary, but I choose not to use it.

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