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Fall Semester in Thailand with CISabroad

My fall semester studying abroad at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.


Thailand Bangkok, Thailand  |  Oct 17, 2011
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This entry won't be very long because I'm at an internet cafe that's about to close since my apartment's internet is out, but I just wanted to update a little bit.  It's officially been a month since I've been here in Bangkok, Thailand and I am loving it so far.  However I am missing nature a bit, but it's all definitely worth it for a once in a lifetime experience.

Anyways, for the past week or two, all the students at Mahidol University International College (MUIC) have been talking about classes getting canceled.  Now, in Colorado, where I'm from we usually get snow days, but I never thought I'd experience a FLOOD day.  In all actuality I have not experienced a day off from school yet due to flooding, but everything on campus is pointing to the oncoming flood. Good thing my name is Noah, right?  I can just build an ark!  Haha. Not really.

So, for the past two weeks, workers have been barricading all the entrances to campus with sandbags and the street in front of Mahidol is slowly filling with water.  This makes getting on and off the bus a little inconvenient when you have to wade through knee deep water.  But it's all good, because you know what?  I'm living in Thailand and I wouldn't rather be anywhere else right now. Anyways, the street kept filling up with water and then word around campus was that there was going to be a MASSIVE flooding this past weekend. Everyone knows how rumors get out of control, but this got ridiculous.  People were stocking up on food, drinks, and everything apparently necessary to out last a flood.  Even Tesco Lotus had racks upon racks of empty shelves.  However, twas all for nought.  There was some slight flooding this past Saturday in Salaya (my neighborhood), but nothing more than ankle deep. I have heard, however that there was some super serious flooding in Bangkok proper, and we were advised by the Mahidol staff to stay away from Bangkok this weekend. So, Mahidol University, Noah, and all the good people of Salaya are safe and healthy from all floods so far.

On a couple other notes, I really like the Thai custom of removing shoes no matter what when you go inside anywhere! Even at the internet cafe from which I write this, I have no shoes on.  It does however, make you susceptible to mosquitos on your feet, but that's only a minor draw back.  Also, mid-terms are coming up next week and no one seems to be too perplexed by them.  I've actually talked to a couple of Thai students who have failed the class two or three times. Hmmm.

In conclusion, it's been crazy so far, but I'm loving it and this is what I live for.  I'll post another entry soon. Until then!

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