Today marks a week that I have been living with my Thai host family! They are all wonderful people that have been incredibly warm and welcoming to me. I live with Ma, Pa, Ma-Kon (grandma), Pa-Kon (grandpa), Pii-chai (brother) and Pii-saow (sister.) There are many other family members that live in the next house over but I still can't keep everyone straight! The house is a traditional Thai house, with an indoor/outdoor set up. Ma and Pa sleep on the floor as is traditionally done, but I have my own room and a bed! I am lucky because they have 1 flushing toilet (as well as a squat toilet), a washing machine (although I did mine by hand the other day!), and a shower head (but still only cold water.) My grandma has a small store right inside the house, which is nice because people are always coming and going so I have more chance to practice the little Thai that I know! Pa and Ma work in the beautiful fields that are surrounding their home.
Even though communication has been very difficult, I still feel like part of the family and am learning more and more each day. I'm so thankful for my host sister, who is just a few years older, and patiently practices Thai with me and has helped me figure out the daily routine here. A few nights ago we went to a big Thai festival together which has been one of the highlights of my time here so far. At the festival I was able to feed an elephant, watch Muay Thai boxing, eat an ENTIRE grasshopper and another bug?, and try many other new foods!