Recently, someone accused me of being a bit too Polly Anna-y on this blog about life in the Peace Corps. It’s true: Peace Corps isn’t all rainbows and puppies, even when you are lucky enough to be placed in beautiful Thailand. But, real talk: I’m not sure this blog is ever going to have much in the way of public complaining or criticism about either Peace Corps or Thailand. To start, I really don’t have too much to complain about. I’ve been given an amazing opportunity and have been enjoying this adventure so much. More importantly, I don’t want any of my co-workers or community members to feel like I don’t appreciate them and their support. But of course, there are always a few bumps in the road. Here’s a little glimpse at some of the less than perfect moments in my journey so far:
-Teasing. I got called fat quite often in Korea, but it still takes me aback when people do it here. The message in Korea was always very negative, although in Thailand it seems to be more light hearted. My first week at home stay my host family made me weigh myself in front of them (!!!) and then gave me two cupcakes (???)
-I’ve been lucky enough to escape the most common woes PC Thailand trainees face: Flat tires and medical problems. Both are almost certainly in my future though. The scariest potential medical problem is dog bites- two people in our group have already been bitten and one volunteer in Thailand got bit by a monkey last week!
- I have however not escaped the mosquitoes. I think I literally got more bites in my first month than I have had in the past ten years. Two months down, two bottles of mosquito repellent emptied. Ugh.
-Toilet troubles. I literally take such big, American-sized shits that I broke my host family’s toilet. Crap!
-My new host family keeps telling me that there is a ghost in my room! I’m normally pretty scared of the dark and this isn’t making me feel better. Worse: While it’s definitely not a ghost, I’m pretty sure it’s actually a giant rat! ahhh. (Additionally, my new host family walked in on me obliviously rocking out to my iPod which was somehow more humiliating than both the toilet thing and the cupcake thing combined.)
-Good-byes. We’ve had two trainees from our group go home since we arrived. Despite knowing them for only a short while, it was hard to see them leave. More good-byes are in the future: I’ll be parting ways with my host family and the rest of my training group at the end of March (although hopefully I’ll be seeing them all periodically throughout the rest of my time here).
-Privacy: I miss you. Internet: I miss you. Public transportation: I miss you. Kimchi, cheese, Deschutes Brewery, sandwiches, gochujang, fish tacos, ramyeon bokki, guacamole: I miss you!