Bugs and Bonding

Here is what has being going on since my last post…

There is a tea house that is run by some of the people associated with the organization that I work for and they bought a toaster oven for me to bake in! I made my first batch of cookies last week and they turned out pretty good! I decided to make shortbread cookies with some fresh minced ginger in it. They were a success and tomorrow I plan on experimenting a little bit more. The cookies are not being sold because the tea house runs solely on the 20 Baht donation suggested on the menu.This place is full of surprises, I never would have guessed that I would be baking cookies in a toaster oven in Thailand.

Another piece of food related news…I tried some bugs at the silk fair! They were fried and didn’t really taste like much other the vinegar seasoning they lightly coated them with. Definitely something I wouldn’t have a problem eating again.

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These bugs were a little too intimidating for me to try at the time...next time for sure though!
Some bugs I tried at the silk fair.
The bugs I tried at the silk fair.

I just got back from a work retreat. We were only gone for one night and went to these awesome huts/cabins just over an hour away from Khon Kaen. The setting was absolutely stunning and the food was delicious. The highlight of the trip was the swim I went for in the Chi River. I didn’t have a swimsuit so I wore one of the sarongs that the teachers use to dry off with when they get out of the shower. The four youngsters (Liz, Soryor, Maha, and myself) were the only ones who wanted to take a dip. It was the perfect temperature outside, the water wasn’t cold, and there was no current so it was ideal swimming conditions.

The Thai teachers were terrified when Liz and I started to swim to the other bank, but we couldn’t resist. Our meetings are always long and I can only talk about feelings and sit and eat for so long before I feel like I need to go run around, so the swim was exactly what I needed. I actually swam pretty well in the sarong, but that was only because it was scrunched around my waist while Liz and I were swimming across the river. Luckily the water was so mucky that it didn’t matter.

All ready to swim!
All ready to swim!
Our simming dock on the Chi River.
Our simming dock on the Chi River.
As many of you know I am terrible at remembering to take pictures. I usually hand my camera to someone else or get the pictures from someone else. I only got one good shot of the view on my camera so I will post more pictures of where we stayed later.
As many of you know, I am terrible at remembering to take pictures. I usually hand my camera to someone else or get the pictures from somebody later. I only got one good shot of the view on my camera so I will post more pictures of where we stayed in the near future.
Liz and I swimming.
Liz and me

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