We finally got to spent time playing with kids and teaching them english!
We spent the last three days living in a refugee camp! there was no air-conditioning, electricity came from a generator for a couple of hours before bed, and we found ourselves sharing our shower with a variety of "interesting" bugs. Suppose you could call it a glorified camping trip.
megan was lucky enough to witness a grasshopper eat a spider, in the shower. we thought that closing our food in a drawer for the week would be sufficient, but we were sadly mistaken. the first morning we went to get breakfast and instead found a bug infested cliff bar and our melon wrapper torn and covered with small juicy holes. we ended up splitting the other cliff bar and fantasizing about waffles and hot coffee. the next morning i was sad to find that the persistent little suckers had bitten clear through my soy milk carton and drowned themselved in my favorite creamy drink. nothing is safe from bugs here!
it was interesting not having proper electricity. if we hadn't cleaned our faces and brushed our teeth by the time the camp generator went out, we were left with our headlamps and visions of the unknown bugs sure to be scurrying around our feet. thank god for mosquito nets! they should also be called spider and cockroach nets. mosquitos were the least of our worries.
we have a million pictures of the kids we taught (and become very attached to) for the time we were there. they were all about 4 or 5 and we got to play with them for 5 hours everyday. by the time we left this afternoon they could all sing their ABCs, play duck duck goose and count to 20! and they repeated almost everything we would say. Kim took the liberty of teaching them to say "starbucks" and "cool dude". it was amazing. the whole time it didn't even matter that we didn't speak the same language. all they wanted from us was to tickle them, fling them in the air and sing with them.
alot of people have lived in a refugee camp for over 20 years! and many of them had fully functional lives before they were persecuted by the burmese government. they have been forced to start their lives over within the confines of a camp.
it makes us feel really lucky! but i do miss sleeping under a mosquito net simply b/c it goes with the decor of my room.
this weekend we are heading to Sukothai, the first Thai capital and center of Thai history. we ran out of shopping money in Chiang Mai last weekend, so we will be spending time actually learning about this countries history and customs. till next time... WE MISS AND LOVE YOU ALL!