During this week we learned many things about the Thai culture and also being able to participate in these activities. During the 5 days of our adventure we went to many places, Ayudtaya, Bang Pi Inn Palace, Bangsai Arts and Craft Center, Muay Thai, Erawan Museum, Floating Market, houses and temples around the floating market, and finally the Grand palace, Thai massage and the Jim Thompson house. This adventure I learned some things about the course, what day I was the proudest at, how this experience was similar or different than I expected and I found out the most challenging part of this course.

From this course I learned about a little more about the culture that I participated in and a little of my participation in my group. Starting off into the week we went right into the culture, Ayudtaya is a place that shows a once beauty and destruction. This place was huge and when you see the model of this place you have a good sense of how the Thai people built the temples and monuments. Another place that really shows the culture of the Thai people back in the day is the Muay Thai arena and the Grand Palace. The Muay Thai arena showed the history of Muay Thai. Muay Thai has been part of the culture of Thai people for a long time. Armies trained in Muay Thai and this contact sport has been a major entertainment to the Thai people. Now the Grand Palace really shows a lot of the culture. The Palace itself shows the ingenuity of the architects. The palace is huge and very pretty also the grand Palace show part of their history and religion. The walls are painted with their history however it is depicted with monkeys, demons and gods. The religion piece is the emerald Buddha and the walls. Since the Thai are Buddhist the emerald Buddha really shows their religion.

The day I was the proudest in the week was also part of the challenging aspect. This day was when we did Muay Thai; this was by far the best thing we did during this week. We all got a workout while having a lot of fun. Also it wasn’t weighted to a gender, meaning both boys and girls in this course had fun. This is my best day because I got to hit a bag, have fun with my friends and watch a match. But like every day there was the same challenging part. To start it was the heat; besides the few fans in most places it was very hot. Another challenging aspect was always eating Thai food. Eating the rice everyday with chicken, seafood or pork got really old. I think at the end of this week we all had gotten tired of the Thai food. The Muay Thai really got me into it and I think that in the summer I am going to join and practice Muay Thai.

This course was almost to what I expected. Before I did not know the places that we would go until the second meeting. But when I heard of what we were going to do I was not really surprised, these places really show the culture of the Thai people. I thought the choices of these places could not be more perfect.  What I did not expect was the activities that we would participate in. like when we went to the Bangsai arts and crafts center, we made candles! Another was I kind of knew somehow that we were always going to eat Thai food. Really I did not expect what we did during the week. It was very fun and entertaining.

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