Thailand: Month One Gallery January 28, 2015 natalie The Hong Kong International Airport was beautifully decorated for the holidays. These adorable little taxis are usually found in Patong, but every once in a while we pass them on the road Just part of the traffic… I’ve taken about a million photos of these signs. Pretty much every road here has one. on of the south eastern beaches We found a secret bar called “Paradise” and this was the view. Just passing through on our way back from the southern cape No deer or moose crossing here! We found a shop in Surin that imports beers from all over the world. happy girl! The lovely water truck making mud on my street. nice! It’s got green beans, tomatoes, peanuts, and green papaya! SO GOOOOOOD I met an elephant named Candy on the beach The fancy foreigner grocery store has everything I’ve ever wanted, including mac and cheese and these! The color of the water here is unreal! drove north and spent the day at the beach with my dad This bar in Surin doesn’t belong to my dad…. yet The perfect pineapple to go snack! is this real life? One of the sunsets we watched at Surin Beach Local market where we get most of our produce. I bought a wrap dress that doubles as a beach towel. too cute! learning about weather at the muslim school Teaching the kiddies at the Bangtao Public School There’s just something about sunsets over water. On the coastal highway driving south from Bangtao The lot next to the school is abandoned and this house has been unfinished for years. I’m gonna move in. There’s an Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop in the big mall here. In case anyone was worried I was going to starve… I went out with my new friends in Patong. It’s like the Vegas of Phuket. It was crazy!!! Sometimes you just have to document your beach hair. I drank a piña colada from a coconut on the beach. Someone pinch me. Kathryn and Camilla taking this snorkel business very seriously. Went snorkeling in the Phi Phi islands and saw about a million little fish! This was right near Monkey Beach where only monkeys live! On the boat headed to the Phi Phi islands wearing this gorgeous life jacket! I spent the day boating to the Phi Phi islands. The color of the water here is so beautiful. My new friends Georgia and Kathryn on the beach in Maya Bay. Thai fishing boats at Maya Bay This girl is the sweetest, friendliest, most gentle, dog. She likes hot dogs and cheese. Soi means “street” in Thai. The soi dogs here are so friendly and we’re bribing them with food for their company. My teaching outfit This is me with my kindergarten class learning about animals! Most days my lunch is Thai ramen noodles. So spicy and so so good! Always remember to look up! The Chinese temple was much more decorated and ostentatious than the Thai temple. After visiting the Thai temple we went to this Chinese temple. So many more dragons! On our first day of class we went to this beautiful Thai Temple. Thailand’s national symbol is the elephant. There were three adorning this thai temple and it was so beautiful! Sometimes I have a coconut for lunch on the beach. It’s the perfect drink and food all in one! One of my first dinners here. This restaurant is right by my house and right on the water! On my second day here I bought a new doorknob and replaced the old one at the school. It was so empowering! A volunteer organization that spays/neuters street cats and dogs and attends to their health needs. This frog sits in its box all day and then goes out at night, but its always right back in the box the next morning. The beach is about a 2 minute walk from my house. It’s so beautiful. Dim sum on the plane to Phuket. Notice the black and white dragon fruit!!! During my layover I killed some time learning about the Chinese opera and it’s traditional dress. The gate signs at the airport in Hong Kong were festive and adorable.