Sawadii ka, everyone!
On Monday, the first thing we did was going to a wholesaler to buy 40 twelve-bottle-packages of water. It took quite a long time to find that many packs and to get all of them in shopping carts but after a few minutes, we were ready to go.
Our next stop was a small coffee shop, where a former Greenway coordinator was the manager now. There, we got coffee (obviously) and I got an iced chocolate.
We then drove about an hour to a relief camp, where we handed out the packs of water to the people there. They all were extremely thankful and wanted to show us their camp right away.
It was devastating to see how many homes were flooded and they told us, the water level was going to rise even more for the next month or so, before finally going down again. One man even offered me some papaya salad and after him assuring me that it was "mei pet" (not spicy) I tried some. What can I say? It was tasty but super spicy! After 12 weeks in Thailand, I should've known that there is no "mei pet" in Thailand.
After chatting with the people in the camp for a bit, we drove back to Singburi and made our way to one of the orphanages, I worked at in my second and fifth week. At one point, the road was flooded and we then had to go there by boat. It was incredibly sad for me to see this area completely destroyed.
The water was around three metres high and the monsoon season wouldn't stop until the end of November. On some poles, we could see how far up the water was in 2016 and our coordinator told us, it was going to be even higher this year.
The first picture of the place for the children's clothes, I took in my fifth week. In the first week, it was completely dry and usable. The second picture was the same place in my 12th week. Only the tip of the roof was visible then.
For lunch, we went to the same restaurant at the side of the road, we went to when helping at the orphanage. Plan for the afternoon was to visit the English camp for the first time but another coordinator had a car breakdown at the mall, so we had to go there and help them first. When the problem was solved, it, unfortunately, was already too late for the English camp so we decided to just drive back home.
Back in Twinhouse, I talked with the new arrivals and explained the project-point-system to them. After Dinner, the school kids visited and did the weekly dance ritual with the new volunteers. Before going to sleep, we all talked a bit longer and played cards the rest of the evening.
After breakfast on Tuesday, we drove to another relief camp, where we handed out care packages, that were produced in the name of the king. We also talked to a few people there and some of them gave us salted sugar snap peas for free!
First, we talked about the topic itself and what fruits they know in English and then, each kid had to draw a fruit onto the white board and the other ones had to guess, which one it's supposed to be. In the end, they also did a crossword on that topic, that we compared after them being finished.
Back in Twinhouse, I didn't do much except for watching Netflix and YouTube and simply talking with other people until dinner, when the people from introduction week came back from their trip to Ayutthaya.
After lunch, I went to my room to chill a bit and began to pack a few of my things already, so I wouldn't be stressed on Friday.
At the orphanage, the boys all got their hair cut, or buzzed off, that day and Eet, a coordinator, talked me into trying to cut ones hair. I was really scared to do so, since I obviously didn't want to mess up anyone's hair but I think I did a pretty good job in the end.
Two boys then walked up a hill with us to some sort of cave, where they didn't manage to open the door at first but after a few minutes, they did. In that cave, there was just another Buddha statue (I was used to that already) and a few gifts for it.
After getting our car out of the locked garage (locked, so that the monkeys couldn't get to it) we went to the coughing-fit-restaurant again to eat lunch. After that, we still had some time to kill, so Eet took us to a small ice-cream place, where we all got some coconut ice-cream with toppings.
Back at Twinhouse, I finally finished packing everything, checked out and said goodbye, before Eet drove me to the bus station. There I had to wait 45 minutes for the bus but that was okay.
There I had to wait for about an hour and a half for my check-in to open and when it did, luckily, everything went perfect. Since my gate wasn't going to open for another hour either, I bought a neck pillow and a veggie sandwich with the rest of my Baht.
At my gate, I had to wait yet another hour for boarding but finally got on the plane after that. Nobody was sitting next to me there and, therefore, I had so much more space! The flight back home was way better that the flight to Thailand and I could even sleep a fair amount of time.