the end and the beginning.

Today I taught my last class in Thailand.

When I went to school this morning, I didn’t know this would be my last day of teaching. Mid-morning, I overheard a conversation in Thai mentioning something to the effect of “last day of school on Friday.” To which I expressed surprise, and it was communicated to me that this is actually the last week of school, and the kindergarteners take their exams tomorrow and Friday, so my lessons for those days are cancelled.

Thanks, folks, for keeping me up-to-date. So much for my planned review lessons next week.

Anyhow. Armed with a book, some flashcards, and an iPad I headed to the preschool classroom for my last-ever class with them, and my last-ever class in Thailand as well. When I finished, the class stood to say their final “Thaaaannnnnk you TeachEH Ahleesa” for the year. About two syllables in, one student projectile vomited all over himself, 5 classmates, and the Thai teacher, while I quietly slipped out of the classroom in the midst of the ensuing chaos.

Classic ending right there.

I still have to go into work the next couple days to do some desk warming and test grading, and I’ll go back next Sunday for the K3 kids’ graduation ceremony.  In between, I’ll be trying to sort out the last of the logistics for my move to Burma.

I mean, Myanmar.

(Post-Arrival Goal #1: Figure out the name of the country I’m living in. For an in-depth look at the question, check out this article from the Washington Post.)

The details, for those out of the loop: I’m going to be teaching at a kindergarten in Rangoon (or Yangon?)  for the summer term, starting on March 12th.  As of right now, I’ll only be in Myanmar for two-ish months, so I plan to come back to the States by June.

I don’t really know what to expect from Burma/Myanmar, but if this photo of the embassy in Bangkok where I went last week to get my visa gives any indication, I’m in for an…eh…experience?

I’m excited though, and really interested to see Myanmar first-hand. Thanks for reading!

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8 thoughts on “the end and the beginning.

  1. Alyssa, I am so excited for you and what is ahead. I love your brave and adventurous spirit. I will be praying that you are able to say good bye well to your time in Thailand. I know how hard these transitions are when we are leaving a place that has shaped us so much.

  2. I’m so excited for you and this new step.
    How crazy to be in a place where it is hard to know when the last day of school might be. This sounds like it’s been such a stretching experience for you and I’m sure you’ll be coming out with stories and thoughts for years and years.
    I’m following your career with interest, friend. Miss you.

  3. Your exciting days teaching and touring in Thailand may have came to an end but the memories of those exciting days will be with you forever. We pray for your happiness and safety in Burma. You are so amazing in choosing your world adventures and sharing them in your blogs to so many people who loves you. Thank you, Alyssa. We are thinking of you with a lot of pride. Love you. gma Carole

  4. So proud of you and your choices. I know you will enjoy Myanmar to the best of your ability. Praying for you and your experiences.

  5. Hey, my beautiful niece :-) I taught a class at work the other day reading an article from a Current Events/Weekly Reader magazine about Myanmar. There is much political unrest in the country; the article was about Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi winning a victory for democracy. Her father was a leader in Bruma’s movement for independence and was assassinated in 1948 6 months before Burma was to become independent. She is known as “The Lady”. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was in prison for much of the last 20 years. She is very confident that democracy will come to her country. She met w/ US Sec of State Hillary Clinton in Dec. 2011. “The US is willing to lift or lessen its sanctions, Clinton says, if the government (of Myanmar) releases some 2,200 political prisoners and reduces its war on ethnic minorities.” Interesting info, interesting country!

    • Thanks for this comment! I’ve been following the recent changes in the news lately, too. Over a thousand prisoners were recently released, and Aung San Suu Kyi is actually running for a seat in parliament in the elections next month. It is definitely an interesting time to go, and I’m excited to get to witness a bit of this history in person.

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