We've done so much in the last four days I don't know where to start, we got to our ecohouse and it is absolutely beautiful, we have a large open eating area with a wooden roof and then the grounds are so green full of flowers with little wooden huts to sit in and talk and we all have rooms to share with about 4 of us, we all said it looks like a Hawaiian rehab resort, so tranquil! I need to take some pictures to show you.
When we got here our co-ordinator introduced us to everything and we went for a wander around the local town, we're right next to a river and every morning see what I call the typical Thailand image of a man or lady in a big hat fishing in their long boats along the river!
We've done some bracelet making out of coconut shells, which the guys actually quite enjoyed even if they refused to admit it! We've been to lots of temples all over the area, had a welcome evening where children from the local school sung traditional songs and danced with bamboo stick rhythms. We visited Ayutthaya which are beautiful ruins of temples and looked around all sorts of markets with so many weird and wonderful things in them.
We also went to an elephant village, the government are trying to bring them out of the wild because the jungle is becoming short on food for them and trying to get them to work with the people instead, so they've built this village for them, it was amazing being there, the elephants were just walking all over the place so you had to make sure you weren't in the wrong place at the wrong time, they are huge! We got to watch them wash in the river and there were about 5 baby elephants, it was so amazing and only then it started to sink in that I was actually in Thailand!
This morning we went to a local school and were thrown into a classroom ready to teach them all! We weren't prepared at all but went for the good old head shoulders knees and toes routine and all sorts of other songs and then mistakenly thought we should go outside to play with them - it was absolutely sweltering and Jake seemed to have 2 or 3 children attached to him on shoulders and what not all the time. It was an amazing experience but we were all shattered when we got back on the bus!
We're having another Thai language lesson again today to get some more phrases, having an absolutely amazing time and can't believe how much we've done in just less than a week!