May & June, Chicago 2019

Overview// Here is a photo gallery of the beginning of last summer with my host sister, Rino, my friends, and I in Chicago. May & June, Chicago 2019// One of my best friends, Anai Arenas, lives just down the street from my house. Before I left for Thailand, I strongly encouraged her and her family... Continue Reading →

My Last Weeks in Thailand

Overview// During my last few weeks in Thailand, I had a week exchange with Sofia, went on a trip with my host family & Sofia, and said goodbye to all of my friends in KPP. I also went to Bangkok a few days before my departure orientation to see my friends and explore the city again.... Continue Reading →

Thai Massage Camp in Ayutthaya

Overview// From April 1st-10th, I attended an AFS optional Thai massage camp in Ayutthaya with all the YES Abroad girls and our European friends. I attended massage classes for several hours each day and eventually became certified in Thai massage. In my free time, I explored the city with my friends and relaxed in our... Continue Reading →

Khao Sok National Park Camp

Overview// From March 28th to 31st, Sydney, Luke, and I attended an AFS optional camp in Surat Thani, a province in the south. We stayed in Khao Sok National Park with several other European AFS-ers who we befriended. There, we went swimming, kayaking, and spent time together as a group. Travelling to Surat Thani// Because... Continue Reading →

A Taste of Southern Life: Phatthalung

Overview// From March 11th-27th, Sydney Chesta and I stayed in Phatthalung, a province in the south of Thailand. We briefly attended a local school, travelled the province, and formed a deep connection to our lovely host family. Journey to Phatthalung// Sydney and I jumped into Teacher Vicky's pick up truck with our bulging suitcases and... Continue Reading →

Krabi & Islands Camp

Overview// With a surprising turn of events, Sydney and I attended the AFS optional camp to Krabi from March 8-11th. Our German friends (Alice, Emil, and Fenja), as well as Luke from YES Abroad were also going.  Day 1// On March 7th, my advisor picked Sydney and I up early to take a bus from... Continue Reading →

Last Day of School

On March 1st, I had my last day at Kamphaengphet Pittayakom School before my summer vacation. My school had set aside time during our morning assembly to give me a farewell ceremony. My coordinator talked about me for a few minutes before giving my host father the stage. He gave a speech in only Thai about... Continue Reading →

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