As I said in my previous post, I spent the weekend in Lampang.
On Friday, we toured Thammasat University’s Lampang campus. It is a striking, open school that feels rural and empty after the bustle of the Bangkok campus.
The “tour” of the school mostly involved a stroll to the new library.
Besides the gorgeous mural of books, the place resembled McDonalds with the bright red and yellow everywhere. (Another student more graciously compared the colors to Gryffindor)
Our new Thai friends shuffled us in, snapped a few group photos, and shuffled us towards the former library, now picnic/banquet/empty rooms area. They then fed us an amazing Thai lunch where the dishes just kept coming.
Following lunch, we went to a local school to “teach English” and paint fences. “Teaching English” involved mostly playing games like red light green light, hangman, and rock paper scissors. The Thai university students with us explained everything in Thai so we did not actually use much English. But I had an absolute blast. I met lots of cute middle schoolers and shared lots of laughter and smiles. I felt like I was back being a camp counselor. Except perhaps a singularly inefficient camp counselor since I could not for the life of me remember any of the games or songs we used to keep students engaged.
Following our “community service,” we got a tour of Lampang.
We visited two temples and a historically important house.
You know the movie The King and I?
If I understood correctly, this was the home Anna’s son owned later in life. He ran a successful lumber business from Lampang.
After our tour, we went back to campus for another amazing, traditional Thai meal (I was apparently too busy eating to take picture) and some fun entertainment. We watched traditional Thai dancers, officially “met” our Thai buddies (they’d been instructed not to tell us who they were so we would have to guess), and a few people sang karaoke. (Well, 3 people did and then they sent us home.)
It was very fun!