Becky's Big Adventure

I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. This is a personal blog. The views and opinions expressed here do not represent those of the Peace Corps or the United States government.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The "Nation-wide water fight"

Well, JACKI,
the reason for the nickname is purely because I have a horrible memory, my meh from training grows cucumbers to sell at the market and i took me about 9 seperate times of them telling me the word (over a span of about 2 weeks) for me to remember it... so in order to be "funny" they decided to call me that, it started out as a joke and now it has stuck and even followed me to site, I walk through the market with random Thais yelling Dang-qua at me, and they arent trying to sell me cucumbers either

the reason for the title is because of the Thai new year called Song Kran... It goes for around 5 days in April, the hottest month in this country, and it really is a nation-wide water fight, I personally "len nam"- ed(literal meaning "play water") with the two kids I live with on 4 different days and it was fun, and of course you could get arrested in the states for throwing water at a passing motorist on a motorcycle, and i had a flash back to when i was younger and some kids in the back of a pickup truck sprayed my mom with a watergun as we were driving past... needless to say my mom popped the minivan into reverse and went and told on the kids to their mom, and they got in trouble... but not only is it OK but the kids and I were inside playing a game and the mom of the family actually came in and told us to go outside and play, so anyway all of the water was accompanied by a old fashion community activity day complete with egg toss and potato sack races (apparently both are universal worldwide) and of course that day I was dripping wet for about 5 hours because EVERYONE (and I mean EVERYONE) thought it would be funny to throw a bucket of water on the farang (foreigner), and now I have a wicked cold... but i wouldnt trade it for the world, it was a once in a lifetime experience and i had fun, I feel like a real member of there community, since they invited me to participate in community activities and i feel very honored, especially since I havent even been here a month
alright i have to go play with the kids (luk-ett, 13 and guay, 9)
I love and miss everyone
Becky

6 Comments:

Blogger paha said...

Becky!!!!!!! Ugh I miss you!!!!!!!! I enjoy reading your posts and seeing your pictures tho, they make me laugh!!! I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying yourself over there...i hope they know tho, they can't keep you, you're ours... =) lol I hope everything continues to work out for you!!! Luv ya and miss ya like crazy!!!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Bereheiko said...

Cucumber... (uhhh I mean Becky Turner)

It sounds like you are having an AMAZING time. Your pictures are fun too! I wish I was there for the water fight.... maybe thats something we should start here in Glassboro???? he he he I am sure most people would go for it! I can see it now, there wouldnt be a single dry person walking around.... we could make glassboro like one big giant slip and slide... hey if anything it would be a good way to watse a hot summer day!

but yeah I just wanted to say hi again I am glad you are having a great time there. keep us updated with your fun stories! :O) we miss ya!

<3 Bereheiko

4:34 PM  
Blogger BECKYTHAISGRAMNGRAMP said...

Becky it sounds like some of the fun we have here at home with gram throwing water. We missed you at Easter. I really liked talking to you on the telephone. We think of you almost every day. With all of the pictures around the house ot's hard to miss you. Other than getting old we are o.k. I have been working outsid planting flowers. You know that's my thing. We love you and pray things are going well for you.
Gram and Gramp

7:54 AM  
Blogger BECKYTHAISGRAMNGRAMP said...

Becky it sounds like some of the fun we have here at home with gram throwing water. We missed you at Easter. I really liked talking to you on the telephone. We think of you almost every day. With all of the pictures around the house ot's hard to miss you. Other than getting old we are o.k. I have been working outsid planting flowers. You know that's my thing. We love you and pray things are going well for you.
Gram and Gramp

7:54 AM  
Blogger Uncle Dave said...

Beckaboo the Cucumber?

Well...OK! Nothing surprises us with you. Well, actually you continually surprise and amaze us! The Peace Corp, Thailand, adapting to a new culture...fantastic. You are doing something so incredibly good and we are so proud of you.

Thanks for keeping us posted on things...it's fun. It also is reassuring knowing you are being cared for.

Keep the faith. We are praying for you.

Love,

Uncle Dave and Aunt Karen

7:10 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Becky!

So I finally got around to creating a username. :) I love reading what you are doing over in Thailand-I am so glad that you have this wonderful opportunity. I pray for you constantly!

Love,
Beth

10:50 AM  

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