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Here at Phaung Daw Oo (PDO, for sure), a 6000 student monastic school in Mandalay, we were given the opportunity to organize our own afternoons. For a couple of those afternoons, Lucy and I organized games for some of the kids, so they would have something to do after classes, a sort of after-school group. One girl, Sue, would come everyday. She was extremely spirited and loved learning new games. I was impressed by Sue’s English skills - she understood almost everything I said and could carry on conversations about an array of topics (her boyfriend is Justin Bieber, mine is Louis Tomlinson of One Direction).

Sue also happened to be in the fourth grade class I taught in the mornings. However, in school, Sue was a completely different person. If I asked the class to repeat after me, Sue, along with all of her classmates, would do so perfectly. On the other hand,  if I asked the class a question in which they had to come up with an answer, silence filled the room. I might call on Sue, confident by all the conversations we had outside of class that she could answer it with ease, only to get a blank stare or nervous stuttering in return. Where did the witty, Justin Bieber loving Sue go?

Over the two weeks I spent at this leading monastic school of Myanmar, I learned, little by little, about the education system in this country and how different it is from the education system in the US.

For example, I lived in a guest room in the girls’ dormitory building and was kept up at night by the robot-like chanting of girls studying. They would sit and have to memorize - word for word, comma for comma - chapters of textbooks. For tests, they would have to pen the exact words of the learning materials. Rote memorization at its finest. In Myanmar, they call it education. In the US, they call it plagiarism. If I had gone into a test and written the exact words of a text, I would have received a zero and huge amounts of disciplinary action. Here, the students are applauded.

It is not that Sue did not know the answers to my questions in class. It was that to her, school is about reciting lines, not individual thinking.

PDO is actually one of the more progressive schools in this country. Many of the teachers want to incorporate more critical thinking into the classrooms, but change is always hard. For one, the teachers, some as young as seventeen, grew up in this rote memorization education system. It is all they know. Secondly, the students are still required to take the government test in order to receive their diplomas - a test which largely focuses on exact memorization.

One afternoon when Lucy and I were teaching some kids (including Sue) kickball, I noticed a monk watching intently. I did not think much of it considering we were at a monastic school where a sea of orange monk robes are seen in every direction. However, when we finished the games for the day and began to disperse, the monk approached me and Lucy. He introduced himself as Nanda, a twenty-one year old teacher and explained that he wants to teach critical thinking in class in order to move away from memorization. He continued by asking if Lucy and I would teach him and some of his fellow teachers games - like kickball - that would encourage students to think.

I was taken by surprise - never had I thought kickball was an intellectual game. Yet upon reflection, I realized that it does force players to make choices. Which base should I throw to? Where should I kick the ball? Should I bunt or boot it? Simple thinking that I had always taken for granted.

Long story short, Lucy and I agreed to help out Nanda. We spent hours creating a booklet with directions to different games - silent arranging, handball, human knot, ect - and held a small seminar the following week to teach Nanda and his co-workers the activities.

At first I felt a bit nervous teaching games I considered simple and self explanatory to a group of trained teachers, but they loved them! Never had I seen a group (including peace loving, meditation practicing monks) get so competitive during musical chairs.

Myanmar is a country still transitioning out of years under a harsh military dictatorship. A dictatorship which did not want to teach its citizens to think on their own. Just look at the location of the military base versus the university in Mandalay - the military base is at the heart of the city while the (no foreigner visitors allowed) university is located on the outskirts - a clear symbolic statement that military is prioritized over education. Or look at how education is structured by stressing the importance of memorizing what the government instructs rather than teaching students to think on their own - a dangerous lesson that might lead to rebellious ideas. Education still has a long way to go, but change must begin somewhere. I know it is just a drop in the ocean, but maybe, just maybe, some of these games will be used in classrooms and begin to open the minds of the members of our future generation, our future world leaders, students like Sue. [post_title] => Memorize This. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => memorize [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-04-17 09:52:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-04-17 15:52:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=99392 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 192 [name] => Asia Expedition, Spring 2014 [slug] => asia-expedition-spring-2014 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 192 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 238 [count] => 42 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 9.1 [cat_ID] => 192 [category_count] => 42 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Asia Expedition, Spring 2014 [category_nicename] => asia-expedition-spring-2014 [category_parent] => 238 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/spring-2014/asia-expedition-spring-2014/ ) ) [category_links] => Asia Expedition, Spring 2014 )

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Memorize This.

Caroline Fenelon,Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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Here at Phaung Daw Oo (PDO, for sure), a 6000 student monastic school in Mandalay, we were given the opportunity to organize our own afternoons. For a couple of those afternoons, Lucy and I organized games for some of the kids, so they would have something to do after classes, a sort of after-school group. […]

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04/17/14

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Caroline Fenelon

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Hello All, Our time here in Myanmar and together as a group is quickly drawing to a close.  It;s hard to believe that tomorrow we all say goodbye and head off for different corners of the world.  Together we have gone places and seen things that no other Dragons' group has experienced.  We've journeyed across three countries, eaten countless bowls of rice, received unimaginable generosity and gone deep within ourselves to look at what's really important.  Words can't really describe a lot of our experience, so I'd like to leave you with some images of our latest adventures in Myanmar.  These images come from our time trekking in Pa-oh communities in Shan state and from our time exploring Yangon.   We've held you all with us throughout our travels and we hope that these pictures give you a glimpse of what we've been up to. 1. This photo was taken at the home of a community leader in the Pa-oh section of Shan state.  The Pa-oh are essentially an independent kingdom in Myanmar.  They received us during a novice ceremony that only takes place once every 15 years. 2. Young novices are carried in a ceremonial procession to mark there initiation.  In this particular ceremony 480 young monks were being ordained, this only takes place once every 15 years. 3. A novice on horseback. 4. Relaxing at the monastery in Sinle, Shan State. 5. Luis rides the family water buffalo, affectionately known as "earthquake" 6. Enjoying a spirit tree along the trail while trekking. These trees represent the homes of the spirits who inhabit all of nature. 7.  Riding in a bicycle trishaw in Yangon. 8. Eating crickets at the market in Yangon.
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Luis Alvarado,Picture of the Week, Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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Hello All, Our time here in Myanmar and together as a group is quickly drawing to a close.  It;s hard to believe that tomorrow we all say goodbye and head off for different corners of the world.  Together we have gone places and seen things that no other Dragons’ group has experienced.  We’ve journeyed across three countries, […]

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04/2/14

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Luis Alvarado

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I just received a short e-mail from Luis. The group is currently trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake and do not have very good internet. Once they arrive at Inle Lake they plan to spend a few days exploring the area. All is well, students and healthy, happy and feeling inspired! They will be in Yangon on April 1st, and the course ends on the 3rd.

 

Ariel
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Update From the Field

Ariel,Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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Hello friends and family! I just received a short e-mail from Luis. The group is currently trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake and do not have very good internet. Once they arrive at Inle Lake they plan to spend a few days exploring the area. All is well, students and healthy, happy and feeling inspired! […]

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03/26/14

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Ariel

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I don’t know about you, but as a child (and maybe even still now) I sometimes caught myself fantasizing about being famous. At first, I saw myself as the next pop star taking worldwide stadium tours. Soon enough, I had to admit that I have quite an ear piercingly terrible singing voice. I came to terms with this fact by seizing onto a new dream - I would be a famous actress winning Oscars and Golden Globes left and right. Next was author - the new JK Rowling. Followed by soccer player, president, Olympian runner, inventor. And the list could go on.

The one thing that linked all of these was that I would be in the spotlight, renown across the globe. I envied stars and their glorified lives - wearing glamorous dresses to posh events every other night. Meeting and mingling with our society’s elite. Having people hang on to your every word. I recognized that I would have to deal with annoyances like paparazzi and harsh critiques but all the perks would surely outdo the negatives.

Now, at 18, I, like the majority of the people in our world, am relatively unknown outside certain circles like friends, family, and a handful of various communities or groups. However, after these last few weeks here in Myanmar, I have started to get a feel for celebrity life.

At this point I desperately need to clarify. By no means have I been living a luxurious life in terms of material comfort - that is unless you consider squat toilets, bucket showers, or dusty rides on the back of pickup trucks luxurious; yet I cannot even begin to count how many times I have turned around only to catch a stranger snapping a picture of me. Or the number of times someone has insisted on stopping our group to take a picture with us. Jess, who knows a sizable amount of the Myanmar language, has been able to gather that many times we are the first westerners these people have seen - we are, in essence, an alien species.

Earlier this week, we spent two nights in individual home-stays in super rural Myanmar. Khaymar, our monk friend, is from the village and kindly set up the adventure for us. We hopped off the public bus in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere in dry zone Myanmar and piled into a pickup truck. As we headed down the sand road for about thirty minutes, I had trouble believing we would come across any civilization. But, sure enough, houses finally began to appear - we had arrived!

If I felt like a celebrity before, my time in the village was a whole new level - like I had reached the pinnacle of my career in the spotlight. We were the first westerners to ever visit or stay in the village, so you can only imagine how much excitement we caused. If I walked through town, I would suddenly have a pack of children following shyly.

During the two days, my host family took me from house to house showing me off to friends and family. A chair was brought out at each stop, and I was motioned to take a seat. Suddenly, plates and plates of a myriad of food would appear, and I was encouraged to eat. And eat. And eat.

At first, the food intimidated me - how was I to eat it all at each of the countless visits? They were bound to see my actions as representative for my entire culture, so I always wanted to be extremely respectful. Did this mean eating everything?

Soon I found that as long as I tried a bite of each and expressed how delicious it tasted (with my minimal Myanmar language and a whole lot of body language), the crowd would erupt in pleased smiles. By the afternoon, I had collected quite a crowd that followed me to each house. And, as the heat set in, I found myself literally being fanned by a couple of youngsters at all times. I tried to take the fans to show them that I could do it myself, but they fervently insisted. Sometimes, I imagined looking in on the situation from above and seeing myself being fed and fanned while sitting with a group of attentive onlookers standing around me and could not help but chuckle at the ridiculousness of it all.

I know. I know. It sounds like a posh and easy life being served fresh food while being fanned by groupies, but let me tell you, celebrity life is exhausting - smiling and acting excited all day can be quite draining; not that I am complaining one bit. I loved my home-stay and am so grateful for such a unique experience. However,  now I know why stars like Victoria Beckham have opted for signature scowls over signature smiles - they took the easy route.

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Celebrity Life

Caroline Fenelon,Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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I don’t know about you, but as a child (and maybe even still now) I sometimes caught myself fantasizing about being famous. At first, I saw myself as the next pop star taking worldwide stadium tours. Soon enough, I had to admit that I have quite an ear piercingly terrible singing voice. I came to […]

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03/21/14

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Caroline Fenelon

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    [post_content] => When I was a small child, my grandmother, Tish, taught me a simple memory game that we would play for hours. We would pretend that we were "packing our bags" for a trip to an exotic place and we would take turns  choosing items in alphabetical order. Each round, before adding a new object to the list, we had to remember all of the previous items. The exotic place that we chose was a place that I had never heard of before: Mandalay. So, a young Lydia would say "I packed my bag for Mandalay and with me I brought: an Ardvark, a Basketball, a Candle, etc etc." We would alternate back and forth until someone messed up or until we got all the way through the alphabet.

I had long forgotten the frequency with which I played this game with Tish until the night before my departure to Sri Lanka. I was about to spend 2 and a half more months traveling and my grandmother, and avid traveler herself, was spending the night at our house. Tish was sitting in the family room with me as I expressed my excitements and fears about this culmination of my travels. Knowing that I was headed to Myanmar as the final destination of my 5 months of Dragons-related travel, Tish said "Don't you remember? We played the game I pack my bag for Mandalay and now you are actually going to Mandalay!"

I sat for a moment and processed the fact that I would actually be going to a place that, though I had initially thought to be fake, I had fantasized about going to my whole life. I did not think much more of it until Sunday morning, when I was literally packing my bags for a flight to Mandalay. I felt a bit sentimental. Myanmar is the 6th and final country that I will travel to with Dragons.

I truly believe that my journey through Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and Thailand has prepared me for this final destination. Though I will continue to travel for a weeks weeks with a friend after the course ends, our arrival in Mandalay was very significant because it was our final passport stamp with our Dragons group. We will be based in Mandalay for over half of our time in Myanmar.

The more that I reflect, the more that I realize: I have been "packing" my bags for Mandalay through out my whole life, and particularly in the last 6 months. Now that I am finally here, I can reflect on what it took me to get here, that is, what i had to "pack" in order to be prepared for my final month as a Dragons student.

So, here is my list of things that I have "packed" this year...

(In no particular order)

I packed my bags for Mandalay, and with me I brought:

an appreciation for the earth, trees, plants, water, and air around me

an acute awareness for myself and others

the ability to do the Cat Daddy where ever I go in the world

dreams and aspirations

love of learning

the ability to puke/poop and rally (this is an important one)

Global citizenship

total relaxation

flexibility (to certain situations and also while doing yoga)

the ability to pick up basics in other languages (even Burmese!)

culturally appropriate clothing

and finally, an openness and desire to learn and grow in the world around me

So, thank you Tish, for teaching me that I have always been packing my bags for Mandalay. And, Thank you dragons, for providing me with the most amazing gap year that I could have imagined (though it is not over yet!)

 
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I Packed My Bags for Mandalay

Lydia Emerson,Best Notes From The Field, Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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When I was a small child, my grandmother, Tish, taught me a simple memory game that we would play for hours. We would pretend that we were “packing our bags” for a trip to an exotic place and we would take turns  choosing items in alphabetical order. Each round, before adding a new object to […]

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03/13/14

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Lydia Emerson

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    [post_content] => Manmade. In terms of the movement toward being environmentally aware,
this word tends to arouse negative thoughts and feelings. When I think
manmade, my mind jumps to word associations like factories,
skyscrapers, cities, pollution, smog. I become overwhelmed with a
sense of helplessness in the face of impending doom. I see society
recognizing a problem but identifying it as unavoidable and too
ingrained to alter. All of these feelings from a single word.

Before signing up for this extension, I obviously read the itinerary
and researched my options. I knew we would be spending three weeks at
an analog forest. However, upon arrival, I soon realized that I did
not actually have any sort of grasp on what analog forestry is; I
remember browsing the analog forestry website pre-departure without
gaining a solid understanding. Admitting this to myself now even makes
me feel irresponsible for committing to two months a bit blindly so I
can only imagine what you are thinking; yet, after reflecting, I
realized that I was willing to travel across the globe to be part of
this trailblazing extension without fully understanding what I was
getting into for a number of reasons: 1) After an amazing fall
semester with Dragons, and more specifically Jess and Luis, I knew I
was in good hands; and 2) My fall semester helped break me of my
tendency to need to know everything before jumping into a situation -
unknowns can create the most bountiful learning zones.

With this idea in mind, I dove into my time at Belipola, the original
analog forest, ready to learn. In the first week, Sion, a Belipola
manager, sat the group down for an introduction on analog forestry. I
learned the basic definition of analog forestry - the practice of
humans mindfully designing and implementing a forest with a specific
goal in mind. Honestly, though, the talk was a bit technical for this
liberal arts type of gal and I came out feeling like I was still
treading water trying to "get" what this place was all about. I pushed
that thought aside and continued to strive to be fully engaged in the
daily life at Belipola - from gardening in the organic agriculture
zone to building an adobe oven.

Over time, I came to more fully understand Sion's definition and the
idea that as humans we can design a forest with one or more of a wide
variety goals in mind such as creating a native forest where one had
originally flourished before being destructed, economic benefit
through food production, a forest that will mature quickly, or even a
forest for beauty. However, I continued to struggle with how to
connect analog forestry to my life at home. I mean, let's be honest,
the likelihood of me creating my own analog forest in the foreseeable
future is extremely low.

I was loving my time at Belipola and felt extremely blessed with the
opportunity. How many people get to live in a forest - the original
analog forest at that - in Sri Lanka for almost a month? Yet I hoped
for more than just an experience. I wanted an experience that would
somehow affect me even when I returned home.

I did not know what that affect was until I left the forest and had a
chance to think. I realized that Belipola gave me a new hope for
humankind. Much of my education focused on the negative effects humans
have on the natural world; yet analog forestry taught me that manmade
does not have to be a poisonous word.  Just look at Belipola - manmade
yet an oasis of the natural world. I had heard people say that they
could breath better in places like forests and I really get that now -
immediately when I left Belipola, I felt a bit suffocated, like my
body was struggling to find air.

Belipola gave me optimism that amidst the structures which our species
continues to build that deeply hurt our planet, there is the
possibility for humans to build in order to benefit Mother Earth. As
with most issues, it comes down to choices, hard choices, yet choices
nonetheless; and Belipola opened my eyes to the reality that they
exist. Now it is just a matter of being bold enough to make those hard
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Manmade

Caroline Fenelon,Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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Manmade. In terms of the movement toward being environmentally aware, this word tends to arouse negative thoughts and feelings. When I think manmade, my mind jumps to word associations like factories, skyscrapers, cities, pollution, smog. I become overwhelmed with a sense of helplessness in the face of impending doom. I see society recognizing a problem […]

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03/10/14

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Caroline Fenelon

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Hi friends and family of the ES Asia extension,

We just received an e-mail from the instructors that the group has safely arrived to Mandalay. They have patchy internet thus far but will get a yak up as soon as they can make a good connection. With care,

Dragons' Administration

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Safe arrival to Mandalay

Dragons' Admin,Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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Hi friends and family of the ES Asia extension, We just received an e-mail from the instructors that the group has safely arrived to Mandalay. They have patchy internet thus far but will get a yak up as soon as they can make a good connection. With care, Dragons’ Administration

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03/9/14

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Dragons' Admin

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    [post_content] => Hey all, This is a quick note to let you know that we're off to Thai Plum VIllage this morning for our five day meditation retreat. We're all very excited for this opportunity!  Internet access is not something that is available there so we will be out of touch for the course of the retreat but look forward to posting some more yaks when we return in a few days.  If there is an urgent need to get in touch please contact the Dragons' office and they can reach us if necessary.  Thanks,

Team Asia
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Out of touch at retreat

Luis ,Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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Hey all, This is a quick note to let you know that we’re off to Thai Plum VIllage this morning for our five day meditation retreat. We’re all very excited for this opportunity!  Internet access is not something that is available there so we will be out of touch for the course of the retreat […]

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03/5/14

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Luis

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    [post_content] => Hello all! We are currently in Ayutthaya, Thailand, after quite a journey -- after waking up to see the sunrise yesterday (Saturday) morning on the beach in Tangalle, we headed Eastward along the stunning Sri Lankan coast, arriving in the Dutch colonial fort city of Galle. We spent the afternoon exploring the fortressed city and scaling the high stone walls lining the Indian Ocean shoreline. At sunset we came together in one last circle to mark the end of our time with our Myanmar friends, then headed North for Negombo. We flew overnight to Bangkok, toughed out an unfortunate 2-hour immigration line (!!) and boarded a comfortable van for one last hour of travel to Ayutthaya

We're now safe, healthy and sound in the old teak Chinese-Thai Baan Are Gong Riverside Homestay, adjusting to the Thai hot season, doing laundry and checking in with each other now that it's the middle of our course. We plan to head out on a short boat tour to see some of the ancient temple ruins of this UNEXCO World Heritage Site, and will update our fans out there again shortly!
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Arrived to Ayuthayya

Jessica Olney,Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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Hello all! We are currently in Ayutthaya, Thailand, after quite a journey — after waking up to see the sunrise yesterday (Saturday) morning on the beach in Tangalle, we headed Eastward along the stunning Sri Lankan coast, arriving in the Dutch colonial fort city of Galle. We spent the afternoon exploring the fortressed city and […]

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03/2/14

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Jessica Olney

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    [post_content] => On Sunday morning, we will land at Bangkok's Suvarnabhum Airport at 6:20 am. We'll help our Myanmar friends change flights as they head onward to Yangon, and then take a van straight to Ayuthaya, the ancient Thai capital. Ayuthaya is situated 85 km from Bangkok.

We had originally planned to spend a couple of more cosmopolitan mid-course days in Bangkok, but due to the continuation of three-month long political protests that still haven't subsided, we've decided to change our itinerary slightly and avoid the city completely. We have been monitoring the situation closely and while the vast majority of the city is still considered safe, and the protests have been confined to specific demonstration sites, there is a climate of political tension in Bangkok that we've decided to avoid altogether. (Even the airport is outside of Bangkok in Samut Prakan, 22 km away, so we won't see Bangkok at all.)

We look forward to learning about ancient Thai history in the ruins of Ayuthaya as a great alternative, and on Tuesday, we'll head to Thai Plum Village on the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park in Pakchong District, Nakorn Ratchasrima.

The students have been very flexible and open to this change of plans and have asked many questions about the nature of the protests. To summarize very briefly, today's political climate in Bangkok reflects an 8-year long, ongoing ideological tension between two different demographics in Thai society - generally described as the "yellow shirt" Bangkok urbanites versus the "red shirt" rural and working class from much of the rest of the country. The yellow shirts resent the current red shirt, democratically elected prime minister, accusing her government of deeply entrenched corruption, and have vowed to overthrow her presidency. The protestors' strategy is to create pressure by  blocking major Bangkok parks and intersections for months at a time - this same tactic has been used from time to time since 2007 or so, and the average person is pretty tired of it. This time, the protests have been causing inconveniences for the city since November and lately there have even been some acts of violence at the protest sites. We sincerely hope the situation will be peacefully resolved soon.

We'll keep maintaining a close eye on the situation and if anything changes for the worse in Bangkok, we can change our itinerary at any time and head straight to Myanmar if necessary. As always, our first priority is safety and minimizing risk.
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Thailand Updates

Jessica Olney,Asia Expedition, Spring 2014

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On Sunday morning, we will land at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhum Airport at 6:20 am. We’ll help our Myanmar friends change flights as they head onward to Yangon, and then take a van straight to Ayuthaya, the ancient Thai capital. Ayuthaya is situated 85 km from Bangkok. We had originally planned to spend a couple of more […]

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02/27/14

Author

Jessica Olney

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