On November 16th, I arrived at the Open Mind Projects house in Nong Khai around 8am after taking an over night ice cold mini van bus, which left me near the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge instead of the bus station. A tuk tuk took me to the bus station, because the man had no idea what I was talking about when I pointed at my print out map to the house, and then I walked with my large backpack for a very long time in the early morning watching this small and pretty town wake up. Then I was awoken when two huge house dogs ran out of their gate growling and barking at me - they were literally at my crotch. I yelped. Some of you may know that I have an entirely irrational fear of dogs, which has dramatically decreased now that good friends have great dogs (Anna, Ursula). This "attack" did not help my fear. Thailands streets and temples are peppered with dogs, mostly those who have been abandoned. It is not the stray ones that I fear, but the ones who have a home to protect...but come on, I'm just a lonely blond girl with a backpack!
|Front row: Toto, Natacia, Ros|
Back row: Me, Cushla, Pai, Leontien, Fernanda, Kai
|Natacia and Ros ordering food.|
|Kai, Pada, & Pai teaching|
|Christian, Natacia, Kwan, Pai, Cushla, (behind her is Sven's sister), Sven's brother in law, Ros, Me sitting|
|Team papaya salad|
|Learning to dance like a Thai girl|
|Me and Pada!|
|Girls can sing Backstreet Boys too|
|Pada, Fernanda, me, Leontien representing.|
|Note Ros' excellent drawings. |
Kids love when you can't draw.
|Kai, me, and Kwan|
|Fernanda and Leontien with some |
teachers who worked with Leontien!