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5 februari 2018
Sawat die khrap
I am starting my blog with three words that define how I experienced the past period. The three words for now are Excitement, Adventure and Change. I have just been in Thailand/Bangkok for two days and already it feels like home here. Not only cause of the fact that I am surrounded with great hospitality people, cause the whole culture of Thailand is hospitable. The atmosphere where locals and foreigners wave at each other and say hello just because of the feeling this country gives. This is something I noticed and what I found marvellous. However, I see this hospitable attitude as a gift and something precious. We could definitely learn from this culture as we in the Dutch culture find it weird while a stranger would wave at us. Next to that, the excitement is felt from fellow students but mostly from myself. When I arrived at Schiphol I made sure that everything what I build these last couple of years was done and that I could arrive at Thailand without any worries of the Netherlands. This is succeeded. The flight already went very smoothly and with an unexpected upgrade with champagne to the business class this even went smoother. At the plain, I had an amazing conversation with Pieter from the United Kingdom. Pieter was a wealthy man from the oil industry, while I just a student of the hospitality management school Leeuwarden who got an unexpected upgrade to the business class was sitting next to him. To be honest, I felt not comfortable ''relaxing'' in business class. It was just not me, however Pieter and I discussed in these 2 hours with even more champagne the problems of life and solved it after two hours as well. After this time, I felt much more comfortable traveling business and Pieter satisfied with him solving all the world problems fell in sleep. The next day we arrived in Thailand. I waited until all the other students came through security and then we went to our accommodation in Bangkok. Full of excitement me and my fellow students were sitting in the bus to our apartment. However, in the car we were already amazed about Thailand and the change we made to study over here. The apartment is well arranged, and my roommate and I go along very well. Which made this trip even more fun. After unlocking our suitcases and backpacks we unpacked all our stuff and designed our rooms. When this was done we went with a big group of house-mates to the city centre. At first, it was very difficult to get a big group in one direction and find a fine dining place. However, we were very lucky and after fifteen minutes of walking we found a lovely restaurant. The restaurant was cosy, and all decorated with beautiful lights. This made a cosy impression. The group agreed quickly to have dinner here and we had a lot of laughs, drinks and good food at this place close by our apartment. After the dinner we went to the bar across or apartment and went for a few more beers. These beers were so joyful because we had live Thai music and were in a happy environment that our luck went even more up. The group and I were extremely happy and chilled
for the whole evening.
The second day we were a little hangover. However luckily I stayed at one type of drink the last day, which was beer and I did not felt that worse. We had something Dutch planned this day. Which was cycling. When we arrived the touring office we did not know what to aspect. Nevertheless, Pecky our tour guide made a real difference. She was so happy, positive, energetic and hospitable which I envy her for. At the tour, we saw amazing places. We cycled a lot however we went also with boat. The boat ride was relaxing, and we saw even more about the culture via this boat. In general, I am stunned about the difference between wealthy and rich. Therefore, there should be better agreements to make both parties happy.
The next day, which was Sunday. We slept for a solid eight hours and then went for breakfast at an amazing diner. The banana pancakes were amazing. After this we had our first introduction for school and the ‘’house-rules’’ of Bellacor. Who are explained by our Student engagement teacher Jezzy. A energetic Thai men who loves to make a joke. The group and I are often smiling about Jezzy. He takes his work very seriously and does his job with excitement. You go Jezzy! In the afternoon we went grocery shopping at the market and we made sure our fridges were full with healthy provisions. The only down-side of this whole adventure was that we got the wrong stamp in our passports for our Visa’s. For business class comes a price.. Wouter and I are luckily getting the stamp tomorrow and everything will be alright. Much more travelling and storytelling are coming up!
For now I just want to say Sabai Sabai, which means keep your mind open and relax!
Foto's bij verslag (10)
5 februari 2018 20:36 | Door: Verine
He lekker ding,
Ben blij dat je goed bent aangekomen!
Maar kan je nu al geen Hollands meer schrijven?
5 februari 2018 21:01 | Door: Tessa
Wat leuk Jeannot om je belevenissen te kunnen volgen. Heel veel plezier daar !! Lieve groetjes van Tess
6 februari 2018 06:18 | Door: De wijnjuf
Mooi warm (en vochtig) werlkom daar! Gastvrijheid is een voorrecht te geven en te ontvangen! Veel plezier en studeer ze...
10 februari 2018 10:10 | Door: Je zus
Wat mooi geschreven lieve broer! Als ik het zo hoor gaat het helemaal goed komen daar!
Ik heb ook 3 woorden voor jou: geniet, onarm en tot je nemem! Veel liefs vanuit Amsterdam
10 februari 2018 12:45 | Door: Jeannot
Dankjewel lieve mensen. Gaat helemaal goed komen :). Volgend verslag komt eraan! Kus
11 februari 2018 15:00 | Door: mam & pap
Geweldig levendig verslag zoon fijn dat je het zo na je zin hebt en dat de cultuur daar je zo aanstaat, geniet ervan mooi dat je een verslag ervan bijhoudt we hangen aan je lippen.