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Living at Wat Doi Saket

Greetings! ūüôā

Today begins Day 2 of my week at Wat Doi Saket, a decently large temple complex about a half an hour east of Chiang Mai (for those of you who like maps as much as me, click here). ¬†The Wat Doi Saket project is the flagship program of Atma Seva, so I’m following in the footsteps of other volunteers that have come through the wat. ¬†Most volunteers come for a month or two (or more) to teach English, but I’m only here for a week to get a taste of the experience before heading off to a remote hill tribe somewhere north of here.

Things out in Doi Saket are much quieter than Chiang Mai. ¬†Well, maybe quieter isn’t the right word. ¬†Calmer, less frenzied. ¬†I guess this makes sense since my fellow companions at the wat are about 120 monks! ¬†I’m adjusting to the sounds of the wat, which include incessant chirping, honking (what sound DOES a boar make?), the Thai chatter of teenage novice monks, and animal sounds of an unknown origin outside my window ~3am. ¬†It’s quite fun!

The wat and surrounding grounds are beautiful, at every time of the day. ¬†I’m doing my best to get out and explore whenever I can. ¬†It’s amazing how different the same statue or monument looks at day break, noon and after dark. ¬†My favorite so far is the giant buddha:

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One giant buddha, Wat Doi Saket.

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The giant Buddha at sunset.

It’s really hard to snap a picture that really encapsulates just how huge this thing is. ¬†Just trust me when I say that it’s HUGE.

Besides wandering around and taking pictures of shiny things, I’ve also started some work. ¬†Looks like my Chiang Mai honeymoon week is over. ¬†Whomp. Dave and I went over a broad outline of my time here and some of the goals we hope to accomplish in the next four months. ¬†I can’t really complain, though, since our work session was held at an adorable little open air cafe over an iced latte and green tea. ¬†To give you a sense of how trusting and safe it is out here, we left our laptops on the cafe table while we took a quick drive down the street to pick up some lunch. ¬†I was a little hesitant at first, but Dave is friendly with the woman who owns the shop and assured me that they wouldn’t go anywhere (and they didn’t!) ¬†Back in the states, I barely trust my laptop alone in Starbucks if I have to run to the restroom ten feet away. ¬†I can already tell that readjusting to that when I go home is going to be tough.

Anyways, it’s a new day over here in Thailand, so I should be out exploring. ¬†I’ve been debating how badly I need a shower since the idea of washing in cold water doesn’t sound too tempting on this chilly, cloudy morning. ¬†Yesterday it was “invigorating,” today it just sounds straight up cold and unpleasant.

I’ll leave you with one last picture that I took the other day at the “mini zoo” up the hill…

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Peacock at the Wat Doi Saket mini zoo! Still loving my new 20x zoom camera.

Happy Tuesday!

Until next time,

‚̧ J

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