Am i the only white guy in this town without a thai chick? I notice I get looked at funny by my fellow countrymen because by bird doesn't pout at her phone camera all day or wear dresses that look like a negligees. Still, at least i can have a conversation that doesn't need to involve the words "You like fuckee fuckee". On reflection most of my converations do have those words in so will shut up being so cynical.
So, here we are...We are living in Chaing Mai and doing our teacher training thing. Our first week is out of the way and the results are in... We started learning about techniques and methodology on Monday morning at about 11.00am Thursday morning at 9.00am we are thrown (Roman colleseum style) to the lions. A one hour lesson which we deliver to the students in front of an assessor and 2 of our classmates. Its pretty scary but it had to happen one day so why not now when we are barely able to doggie paddle let alone swim. All week we had been told that the Thai kids were lovely but Rachels group were like they had been drinking sugary drinks and eating sweets for an hour before hand. Boisterous, excited and loud and, in her own words, she didnt know how to control them. So after the 1 hour of pummeling she was somewhat dispondent (grumpy little bitch is the term i would use - carefully behind her back of course). She was seriously thinking about chucking it in and consequently didn't sweat about practicing for our second lesson the folloing day - same format different subject. Result she was chilled and much more able to control the situation and get through her lesson plan (oh yeah, the kids were angels in this group as well). My experience was a lot easier because of having had children and running go bananas (at least none of these kids would threaten to have me "cut by their old man") I wouldnt say i loved the first class but felt i was competent and and in control and the kids liked me. My second lesson however was great. Subject matter - Superheroes. I got a great review and felt i was in the zone (so to speak). The assessor gave me a great report and i really think that this is something i will be good at. Already our course tutor has asked us to prepare CVs as she has many schools phoning up asking about the current course students so it looks like we will get jobs pretty easily. They want to get stuff sorted quickly so if we can get something sorted whilst Rachel is positive and I am golden boy then we should get a good placement.
People on the course are an interesting mix. The more colourful characters are Ray, a 60 year old Aussie, Sarah a 43 year old Halifax party girl with a strong accent, a penchant for pies and a unusual love of ferrets. Great fun and lovely! As well as Sarah we have sort of bonded well with Niall - a huge Dane who sounds like Arnie but is a really sweet guy and a Jill a woman from Louisiana who sounds like a female Elvis and young Irish guy called Mike. Other cast members are yet to emerge but am hopeful that we will keep friends with these guys.
The course is interesting and living is Chiang Mai is fab. Rachel and I feel we are living the dream and constantly walk about smiling. Both the present and the future looks rosy. Chiang Mai is a pretty big city with lots to see and do but this mainly centres around the outskirts of the moat of the old city. Its got a great vibe and is certainly a place we could live with many restaurants, bars, shopping areas etc but within 10 mins of our place we are in the foothills and the national park.
So, thats it for now. More next week.