Tag Archives: Karen

A Collection of Conversations

Conversation 1: It was not late, but it felt it. It was a few weeks ago and the nights were still drawing in quickly and thickly. Nuan and I were drinking Lao Kow (“White Whisky”) on the porch outside. One … Continue reading

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Pretom

The Pretom school in Mae La Luang is part of the same school as the Matteyum I work in but is located elsewhere in the town. Every day I ride my bicycle through the temple grounds to get to it. Usually … Continue reading

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Celebrating in Style

Like a new house, it is Thai tradition to celebrate a new building of any kind. My Matteyum is opening to a further three year groups from May this year, the start of the new academic year, and as such … Continue reading

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Matteyum

Thai school is different to English schools in a thousand ways. This is the first of three blog posts I will write about each of the schools I am in. Matteyum is the equivalent of secondary school. The matteyum I … Continue reading

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The walk to school.

Last night I went with Cru Aew and her daughter, Boh Beng, on a spontaneous visit to Mae Sariang. Cru Aew works in Maela Suksa Pretom (primary) and speaks very good English. She used to be the English teacher in Matteyum. … Continue reading

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A Perfect Evening

Last night was one of those rare perfect evenings. Not because of anything in particular, but a combination of lovely things coinciding. The evening started well with lesson planning over a rare fresh coffee at the cafe opposite school. It … Continue reading

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A Weekend in Khun Yuam

I have just returned from a weekend in Khun Yuam. It was just what I needed. Back at the beginning of January, before I had left for my village, I met an American who had married a Karen lady 30 … Continue reading

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