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5 december 2016
Departure from Bali + first month in Thailand
Time for another update on my experiences of Bali and Thailand. The first week of November was a heavy week because we all had our test. That week I felt like a hermit because I studied all week in order to pass it, and luckily I did! Next to this, we had to hand in our assignment we had worked on for 9 weeks. I was relieved after all the deadlines and finally there was time to pardy. We always went to Sky Garden in Kuta. It’s a really large club where you can drink for free between 9 and 11 pm for 150.000 rupiah (around 10 euro’s), awesome!
Some of my friends had to leave to the Netherlands at the end of that week so we decided to go to Sunday’s Beachclub, a luxurious beachclub, as a kind of final trip together. After saying goodbye to the waitress of my favorite restaurant near our hotel it was time to go to Thailand. I’ve seen everything I wanted to see on Bali so it was the right time to go. Unfortunately I had to leave behind a couple of friends but luckily I will see them again in Holland.
The 12th of November the busses of the hotel brought us to the airport in Denpasar and 4 hours later we arrived at the airport Don Muang in Bangkok. My first impression was that it was much bigger than Bali and of course the inhabitants of Bangkok have another religion but I did not experience a large culture shock. For some kind of reason a lot of things feel the same as in Indonesia because the people look the same, you can still not understand what they are talking about and everywhere you walk there is rice and noodles.
The apartment we are living in for 12 weeks looks really nice and it has a swimming pool!!! It is all new and some of the students even had to remove the plastic from their furniture. The only disadvantage was that we had to buy a lot in order to live there because the apartment only had the ‘’basic’’ things. So the first day in Bangkok I went to a shopping mall at the other side of the road to buy bedsheets, knifes, cleaning stuff, towels etc. 6 hours and 3 liters of sweat later I got everything and returned back to the apartment to install everything.
The first night was terrible because the mattress was really hard. I asked the owner of the apartment if there was a possibility to change it but unfortunately there was not a solution since this is the standard in Thailand. Everyone sleeps on hard matrasses here. I knew there was another big shopping mall a few 100 metres away so I went there to buy a topper. I sleep much better now:)
The first time entering the supermarket in front of our apartment was an awkward situation. I came in and all the staff behind the counter made a certain noise with a whiny tone. I thought I did something wrong so I asked, ‘’I’m sorry, what did you say?’’ and they repeated it. I didn’t understand it so I grabbed my stuff, paid and left. The next day I entered again to buy some bread and they said the exact same thing with that same whiny tone….. Then I realized that it was just their way of saying hello or good morning and that Thai people always talk this way.
Near our apartment is a local market where you can have dinner for 1 or 2 euro’s. Most of the times I eat rice with BBQ pork, corn, crepes or chicken. At first sight you might think that the food is not well cooked since they all have a small stall with an improvised gas stove but it is actually really nice food and by eating here you see the Thai habits regarding food, they never eat alone!
On Monday we had our first day at University. Stenden signed a contract with PIM University in Bangkok and that is the school we are currently studying. It has 4 buildings with all different sizes and purposes. Most of the times we have class in the biggest building which has 15 floors. From the library you have an amazing view of the city!
In week 1 we had our first fieldtrip to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. We went by bus and visited the Summer Palace, the Wat Chaiwattanaram with tombes where ancient kings are buried and the Bann Hollanda (Dutch Village which is related to the VOC).
For this second Event Management minor we have to organize an event ourselves with support of a coach and a client. Every week we have a meeting with our coach to discuss everything and during this session we can ask all your questions. The next day you will meet with your client, for whom you are organizing the event, to discuss your and his ideas. So far I really like the minor. I can experience how it is to work in this industry since we are allowed to bring everything into practice now.
A recommendation for the ones who would like to go to Bangkok is the Co van Kessel bike trip. It is a Dutch company where you can hire bikes and a guide who will show you everything of the city including a Thai lunch! Next to that, the rooftop bars in Bangkok are amazing as well, not as nice as the one I visited on Java but still. There is also a rooftop bar where a part of the movie ‘’The Hangover’’ was shot!
I hope you liked reading the story, although it was mainly about Bangkok. I will try to inform you about more places of Thailand the coming weeks.
Lots of love,
5 december 2016 14:11 | Door: Corry Robben
Je kent mij niet, maar ik jou al sinds ik bij je moeder op kraamvisite kwam, toen je net geboren was
5 december 2016 14:15 | Door: Corry Robben
De helft van mijn berichtje weggevallen. Wilde alleen zeggen dat ik erg geniet van je verhalen en dat ik blij voor je ben, dat je zulke fantastische ervaringen mag beleven.
5 december 2016 17:11 | Door: Charlotte Knol
Wat een leuke reactie! Ik ken u van de vele positieve verhalen die mijn moeder over u verteld heeft! Heel erg bedankt!