I must admit that my main reasons for coming to Thailand had very little to do with learning in a school-setting, and more to do with exploring and experiencing the Thai people's culture first-hand. I was so excited about living in Asia, riding elephants 🐘(Lol), as well as visiting the many beautiful islands in Thailand. Even though I had a feeling they'd probably be more to this trip than met the eye, I didn't think much of it then.
It was only when I was having a conversation with a friend in the school canteen one afternoon that I started to realise just how much more was going on beneath the surface...
Seeing as my friend and I both grew up in Africa, we found it easy to relate to each other, and even laughed about similar experiences we'd each had back home. We eventually got to discussing serious matters, and as we talked I realised that this was a part of me that I hadn't really paid attention to in a while!
One of my favourite things about travelling is that it opens my mind to new ways of thinking, but until then I hadn't realised that I had been so busy learning about other cultures that I was slowly forgetting my own - and more importantly, that I was being pushed away from my roots! In His own miraculous way, however, God was pulling me back to my roots through the Asian culture.
Needless to say, the African and Asian cultures have their differences, but they are also similar in a number of ways; and these similarities were brought to my attention all through my stay in Thailand. It sounds weird, but it was through experiencing the Asian culture that I got a newfound appreciation for my own culture! 😀There are so many things about the African culture and my upbringing that I hadn't realised I'd been taking for granted until I saw the same things being celebrated here; from simple things like smiling at strangers and lending a helping hand to another when you can, to more complex things that I can't quite put into words.
The saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", and I was more than happy to oblige here. The Thai people opened their hearts to me, and it encouraged me to open mine to them as well. ☺Being here also made me realize that, as much as I'm growing and learning new things about myself, I don't want to entirely leave my old self behind. I'd like to carry with me the core values that I was taught back home for as long as I live, as they form the foundation of who I am - and more importantly, who I'm becoming. 😊
With that said, I'd like to share with you what I was able to capture of the Thai culture while I was here. You'll notice that there are a lot more people in my pictures this time round compared to the other pictures I've taken on my trips in the past. As a friend once told me, "A country is its people". And in this case, I couldn't agree more! 😉
P.S. The iphone 6 camera continues to come through! 😊
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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