However after arriving, we can confirm; jet lag is definitely not a joke when you’re trying to stay awake for 24hrs to avoid as much sleep deprivation as possible (it kinda worked).
Our supervisors have been very welcoming and caring, showing us around Chiang Mai. They’ve been giving us advice on where to get food and other items, it definitely helps having good old Tesco Lotus around the corner. Getting around we’re able to use a few options such as Grab aka Uber (Rot yon), bus (Rot meh) and tuk tuk (Rot tuk tuk), but our favourite form of transportation (which forces us to use our basic Thai) would be the ‘sontaos because of the open part at the back – allowing us to stand outside – holding on tight (and carefully of course).
Anna and Keziah are staying with one our supervisors, Kathryn, while Jonny and I (Paul) are staying in our own house. Although it sounds great, Jonny and I have been fighting off large jumping spiders (6 so far!) in what happens to be my bathroom. You’ll be glad to know we’re both safe and sound and we’ve bought some bug spray, which now of course means there hasn’t been any sight of spiders since.
Our normal daily routine starts with language lessons where we have the most amazing teacher ever (she is so sweet – especially when she gets confused between snake and snack!) . It’s definitely a difficult language to learn, but learning Thai is amusing when you’re all trying to pronounce a word in a tone that you can’t make, and end up saying a word that’s completely different to what you had in mind.
We’ve also been told there’s a way to speak Thai that is ‘beautiful’ and a way that is ‘not beautiful’… we’ll let you decide which you think we speak more…
In the afternoons we make our way down to Hope Hope where we help both the staff and children in any way possible whether it be reading books and learning alongside them or playing some worship music where we get out the guitar and the clarinet. Hope Home is a great place where you can genuinely see God’s heart and love is at work, not just within the children but also among staff.
And now for a new section of the blog… Jonny’s ‘insight to team Thai’ lists.
For our first list, we have ‘Things Anna’s broken so far’:
- The wooden beam at Min Y Don
- A tree in in Birmingham
- Kathryn’s ceiling fan
- Kathryn’s glass
- A towel-rack in the bathroom
- jonnys door
- Her bike chain
- The fan at Hope home
(she claims she didn’t mean to)
Thank you for reading!
- Our transition from Chiang Mai to Uttaraditt on the 12th of November.
- For God to give us wisdom and reassurance when speaking to non-Christians.
- For the staff & children of Hope Home.
- For God to light a ‘spark of passion’ in our hearts so that we may light ‘a fire of love for Him’ in the hearts of those we meet.