GCW Bangkok adventure tour

                      Yu Sumita

 To be honest, I wanted to choice another course of GCW, because there are no Japanee and no friends. But now I think to choice this course is very good for me, because I could learn Thai culture and many kinds of point of views. I always speak Japanese with my friends in ISB, so this situation was ideal for learning English. But l was very tired. I could experience and learn a lot of thing. I’ll explain them.


Day1, I arrived at ISB I am under extreme tension. To be honest, I didn’t go to GCW, because there are no Japanese or friends. Also I can’t speak English. That was too bad. Member of Bangkok Adventure came, and we rode the bus. Of course, I was lonely.

In the bus, I found a person who is sitting alone. I thought “He must be a new student”. I screwed up my courage to speak to him. After speaking to him, Unexpectedly, I and he became friendly and talk happily. After that I knew two people and we became friend. It fact relieved me. After that, we often do something together during GCW.

First, we went to Ayudhaya. We visited the Thai temple. It looks very old, but it was mysterious place for me. It was made of stone. This is rare for me, because Japanese temples are made of wood. I felt difference between Japan and another country. Next we had lunch. After lunch, we rode on an elephant. Of course, it was first time. It was very fun, but it was little scary because of height and sway. Then we went home. I learned body language is very important for communication. And


Day 2, we visited the Crafts Center and make a dish. It was very difficult. When can I get Thai item which I made. I couldn’t make good one, but I want to get early. It is strange.  After that, we see how Thai items which are made of  are made. I want to see the dish which I made. And we went to the home. To be honest, Day 2 was not interesting.


Day 3, we play Thai boxing. I got off the bus in front of the gym for Thai boxing. It looks very old, but it made me to feel dignity. Suddenly big shout boom out from the gym! I was very surprised. And then I braced myself silently and entered the gym. We were taught Thai people. We can’t communicate very well, because they and I can’t speak English very well. But by having attitude to talk actively and use body language, we could understand what they say.  The heart to speak to actively is one of the most important elements of communication. Of course, training was very hard. After that we couldn’t talk cheerfully. I wanted to play Thai boxing once, so it was very interesting, but I don’t want to do again. At first I thought that Thai people are little scary, but I noticed it is foolish mistake at GCW. Thai people are very kind.


Day 4, we visited the Museum and famous Thai temples. The museum was very very  large. I have never seen very big museum like this in Japan. Sometimes I saw the guards. They have a gun!!! I was surprised. I could understand that here is not japan, but it was very scary. I wanted to ran away. I don’ want to see the gun. After that, we went to Thai temple. But I can’t understand the difference between the other temples and palace and this temple. To be honest, I was tired of sightseeing, but to talk with friends was very fun. In foundation class, I can’t get chance to speak with foreign people nearly. So I could talk with foreign people during the GCW. It is very important experience for me.


Last day, we went to palace and experienced Thai massage. As I said, I don’t like sightseeing. But Thai massage was very nice. Sometime my body made sounds. It was little scary, but it was comfortable and I could relax and calm down. I want to experience Thai massage more long time. Someday I want to go with my family. After that we went to Jim Thompson House Museum and heard history of Thai furniture.


Throughout this GCW, I learned body language and attitude to speak to actively is very important for communication with foreign people. And I think English is very very important again. I thought I must study English ordinarily before GCW, but now I think

I must study very hard. I can’t speak less than I think. Also I don’t like Thai, but by experience Thai culture and learn Thai history, I can feel affection for Thailand. This is very important for living in Thailand. In this way, I learned many important things. This is very important experience and precious memory for me.

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