The Maekampong Waterfall

The Maekampong Waterfall

I spent the weekend in Maekampong – on Saturday I was able to hike to this beautiful waterfall!

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Half way there!

I’m a little more than half way through my experience here in Thailand – it’s flying by! Today we had a meeting with our key stakeholders at the Thammasat University Social Innovation Square. We’ve been prepping for the meeting since I arrived here, so it was really interesting to be able to attend and be part of the day. Even though the meeting was conducted in Thai, I enjoyed the one-on-one interactions I had with some of the attendees and the feedback from my colleagues was very encouraging.

This weekend I’m headed out on an adventure into the countryside up north in Thailand.  A social entrepreneur, Pai, started an eco-tourism business and I’m one of his first customers. His company is called Local Alike and they help send tourists into authentic Thai villages for a truly cultural experience that also has positive and lasting effects on the community.  Tomorrow I fly to Lampang and then catch a two-hour bus ride to Chang Mai where I’ll be picked up and taken out to the village for the weekend. I can’t wait to see what the experience has in store – bug repellent and sunscreen packed! See you next week.  

Rain.

When I headed out of work yesterday around 5PM I decided to walk the 30 minutes home. The wind had picked up and the sky had turned grey, but I decided to stick with my plan. I had an umbrella. Rookie mistake. Due to two previous run-ins with an aggressive stray dog, I chose the route that would avoid his territory – which also happens to be the route that avoides the bus.

Within a minute, the raindrops started. It doesn’t just rain here in Thailand. The water falls from the sky like a wave has enveloped your body – the wind renders pointless all efforts from your umbrella to keep you dry. The roar of the rain hitting the ground mixed with the boom of thunder is deafening. All you can feel is the water building up in your shoes as you continue on despite not being able to see more than a couple of inches in front of you.

I finally found shelter under an overhang where I waited out the heavy rain. About 15 minutes later when I was able to continue home, the roads had already began to flood. My $5 work flats weren’t really made to be rain boots and needless to say I was a soaking mess. I really didn’t mind it though, it was actually quite a pleasant experience. I think I’d do it again except next time I’ll leave my computer, phone and camera somewhere more dry.