Viatge de final de curs / “School trip”

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Després de tres dies aprenent coses sobre la cultura tai, l’escola ens va organitzar un viatge de final de curs. Sembla mentida que a l’institut es necessitin 4 anys estudiant per tenir la merescuda sortida. El destí, un petit tour a través del temple de Wat Arun, passejada pels voltants del Gran Palau, sopar de luxe a la llera del Chao Phraya i cerveseta a la famosa Khao San Road i cap a casa abans de mitjanit.

A Phuket vam dedicar 3 setmanes a aprendre a ensenyar, i ara tocava fer un petit curs de 3 dies dies per iniciar-se a la cultura thai i descobrir que tocar el cap a un tailandès és una falta de respecte enorme, com també ho és assenyalar algú amb el peu. Havent après infinitat de “coses a tenir en compte mentre fem de professor”, vam dedicar un dia a la ciutat de Bangkok.

Cal dir que aquests tres dies he estat l’únic no-natiu estudiant a classe, els meus altres nou companys, sud africans. En Kris i en Ryan ja els coneixia de Phuket, els altres han estat una novetat.

La primera aturada del nostre dia de guiris va ser al temple budista de Wat Arun, una de les perles de la ciutat i que molts turistes, per falta de temps, no arriben a visitar. Impressionant les escales per pujar a la principal “prang” del temple. Cada esglaó mesurava uns 40cm. Per gent amb vertigen, tot un repte.

Ho he dit moltes vegades, però hi torno. La calor que es passa fent turisme a Bangkok és molt complicada de transmetre. Si heu estat per aquí o si mai veniu, entendreu què vull dir.

Des del Wat Arun vam agafar un petit ferri per uns 0,07€ i vam creuar el riu per poder caminar l’avinguda que rodeja el Gran Palau (Tanon Maha Rat). Tota l’avinguda està farcida de venedors de “coses”. Des de sabates de segona mà (o peu) fins a mòbils dels 90, pedres, roba, begudes, ulleres… de tot. Qualsevol cosa pot ser trobada a un mercat de carrer.

I va arribar l’hora de sopar. Atenció a “l’hora”; quatre de la tarda. Vam tornar a creuar al riu per plantar-nos a un restaurant buffet lliure. Majestuós. Ens vam posar les botes fins passades les set de la tarda. 4€ per persona van ser suficients per afrontar el compte. Genial.

El passeig fins al centre de la ciutat va ser absolutament necessari per fer baixar les fins a 8 boles de gelat que algú va gosar menjar. L’hora dels beures va arribar tan bon punt el sol ens va dir adéu.

La Xalita es va incorporar a mig beure i un parell d’hores després vam fer via cap a casa.

Tinc calor. Us ho havia dit?

L’àlbum del nostre dia de turistes aquí!!! / Full album, here!!!

After 3 days learning some staff about Thai culture, we got a nice “award”, we spent our last day in a “school trip” around Bangkok. We had time to go up to the river from Taksin to Wat Arun where we visited the temple; later on we walked through Tanon Maha Rat to end up in an amazing buffet restaurant. After our copious meal we walked to Khao San Road, the place where having a beer has to happen at some point while visiting Thailand.

In Phuket we had kind of three weeks to learn how to teach. Here in Bangkok we had 3 days to learn a little bit more about Thai culture. Apparently, touching a Thai head is a huge lack of respect. Pointing someone with your feet is also rude. So, having learnt some useful knowledge to apply while being teacher, we invested one day to the city of Bangkok.

I have to say that those three days I was studying surrounded by South African people. I already knew Ryan and Kris, but up to seven more students from vuvuzela’s land were studying with me. All of them are going to be teachers in Thailand.

Our first stop in our “farang” day was at the Budhist Temple of Wat Arun, one of Bangkok’s jewels and the forgotten one by tourist who don’t have much time in the city. Unbelievable the height of each step in the main”prang” of the temple. Each step was about 40cm high. A real challenge for people with vertigo. By the way, I said that many times, but I’ll say it one more; the heat in Bangkok while visiting the city is complicated to explain. If you have been here or you intend to come, you’ll understand what I mean.

From Wat Arun we took a small ferry to cross the river where we walked all along Tanon Maha Rat, a long avenue in front of the Great Palace. The whole street is full of sellers, offering all kind of staff, from second hand shoes to 90’s mobile phones. Amazing. Anything can be found there.

Then, at 4pm was time to have dinner. I’d say “time to have lunch” but apparently in Thailand you can start having your last meal of the day at 4pm. That will never happen in Catalonia. Anyway, the place was awesome. You could eat as much as you wanted for roughly 4€. That will never happen in Catalonia either. Our meal was included in our Thai immersion course so it tasted even better.

After such a meal we needed to walk. So we did so on our way to city centre. We got there at night, right timing to start drinking next to Khao San road. After a while Xalita came to share  adrink with us and a bit later we both went back home before missing our last train.

By the way, I feel hot, did I say that?

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