My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

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I think that the best part about grade 4 was that I was lucky to have a awesome teacher like Ms.Bellone. Ms.Bellone is so nice our class has special privelages like playing games getting homework passes. I think everybody in my class agrees.

I have made lots of friends in the time I have been here and I fit very well my class, I think that having friends is very important in life.

I think that being in 4th grade means quite a lot because next year we are 5th graders at the very top of elemantary school and the little kids look up to us like giants.

A very fun part was the 4th grade book awards we found out which books got voted the winner in there topic it is fun because we did not know who won so it was a surprise.

Bye till next year adam

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I think that some areas of the world are richer than others, because of what kind of people live there, and what kind of taxes they pay. In america, the government lives mostly of the taxes of the people. While in richer countries, there are less taxes, indicating that the governments in those areas are poorer. In short, the governments depend on the people to make themselves richer.

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My academic goals

  • To get an A or B on my grade.
  • Learn more about this subject to get good at this.
  • Get more skills to prove this subject. Like writing, spelling, and reading.

My social goal

  • To recognize how the world is going on and how the world will happen in the future.

My personal goal

  • To learn more vocabularies to get good of English. And especially don’t forget my homework.

 

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For my last GCW experience i went to Bhutan. This trip has been one of the most breath-taking and amazing trips of my life. Visiting such an exquisite country untouched by modernization was truly fascinating. I wanted to show 2 example day reflections which shows how much i appreciated the trrip. I have learned so much from the trip and would certainly advice next years seniors to go on this trip!

DAY 1

 

Today our big journey to Bhutan started. Waking up at 3:30 in the morning was tough but once we finally flew over Bhutan we were mind boggled. The views were amazing; the country was just surrounded by nature with little signs of civilization. Once landed, we got the smell of fresh air, something that we missed in Bangkok. When we started our bus ride the first 20 minutes were very nice, seeing this exotic lifestyle the Bhutanese people were living was an amazing sight. After the initial 20 minutes we all slept as we were dead from waking up early. After 2 hours of sitting in the bus we went to a hill side restaurant to eat lunch, the view was amazing as was the food!! After lunch we headed to the hotel which was another 2 hours away, after a sickening journey we finally made it!! We settled down and then took a little trip to the “town” which consisted of 4 little shops. For my presentation we talked about gnh, this was clearly visible in real life as I only saw smiles on the faces of the Bhutanese people, everyone was friendly and appeared like they really enjoyed life here in Bhutan (:

 

DAY 2

 

Today was our first day full day in Bhutan (: I started the day with the best  night sleep I’ve had for a long time, we ate breakfast and headed over to a beautiful river where the 2 tributaries combined. The view was beautiful but it was the meaning that was so significant. One side of the river was the female side and the other was the male side. After this viewing point we headed over to the punaka dzong which was dedicated to the royal wedding. The monuments were very interesting and I personally learned so much more about the Bhutanese culture. What I found the most interesting was the wheel of suffering. Each little aspect of the picture had such a powerful meaning and meant a lot to the people of Bhutan. After this trip we headed over to go on a little trek which was near the village of fertility, thus we saw many phallus’s on the walls which was quite….. Interesting… We then trekked up to a temple where we saw people set up flag poles to honor someone that died. We then ate lunch and headed to our hotel which was a 4 hour bus ride away, on the bus ride we saw our first yak, and at the end of the ride it was snowing outside. When at our hotel we drank tea and settled in before getting together with some people to play mafia.

 

          What I wrote above was my first 2-day experience in Bhutan. Looking back on the trip I will always take back so many memories from playing mafia to the hikes to the bus rides. The experience was a once in a life time opportunity and I am very glad I had the privilege to see Bhutan. The guides were truly amazing which made the whole trip so much more enjoyable. I hope I get the chance to visit Bhutan in the future.

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Bhutan was an interesting experience for me. As a student of economics, I noticed that the majority of the Bhutanese would be considered, by a developed nation’s perspective, financially poor. It would be easy for one to jump to the conclusion that such a poor nation would be unhappy; however, after experiencing Bhutan it was clear that this was not true. There are many factors that could contribute to the happiness of the people, more than I can even begin to comprehend. However, there are some that were quite obvious even to me.

The first I noticed was the beauty of the environment surrounding the people. Even in the heart of the cities such as Thimphu or Paro, Bhutan’s majestic mountains and trees were present. On the trails, I could see panoramic landscapes that seemed to be the territory of postcards: exotic and idealistic portraits of such unearthly beauty that it seemed inevitable that someone had tampered with it using photoshop. Such picturesque surroundings would surely give anyone a sense of calm and peace of mind which made the logging industry more a pity. In fact, the beauty of Bhutan’s landscapes was the most unexpected aspect of the trip.

A beautiful environment alone does not make a person happy. Bhutan’s culture, especially its emphasis on the national religion, provides its citizens with a guideline on how to live their lives and a spiritual outlet often lacking in today’s world. With this guidance, it would be difficult to lose your way through life. Another aspect I noticed in Bhutan was the lack of materialistic ideals. Without such constant reminders of one’s material inadequacies, it must be easier to feel content with what you already have.

I believe this to be the main difference between Bhutan’s culture and my own: while people in Thailand (and other countries exposed to the international culture) pursue happiness, the Bhutanese people let happiness come to them. This reminds me of a story one of our guides told us about a man who told the Buddha “I want happiness”, to which the Buddha replied: take out the I (which was selfish) and the want (which was desire) and the man would only be left with happiness.

The most challenging aspect of this trip was the trekking. Although I was in reasonably good shape for the trip, the day long treks were still a strain on me. However, this merely meant that I appreciated reaching the camp site more. Camping was also an interesting, if not new, experience. The cold was an unexpected and discomforting guest, but looking back, it seems to only add to the trip as a whole. Perhaps the best part of the trip was staying at Nak Sel resort, where the hot stone bath and massage were a nice, comfortable ending to a strenuous trip.

At one point, I had the opportunity to read my journal entries from previous WWW/GCW trips. If this trip helped me grow in any way, it was the realization of my development over the last few years of my life. This knowledge lets me know that I’ve definitely matured as a person (and improved my writing skills).

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Over GCW, I had the privilege of going to the magical country of Bhutan. It was overall a fantastic trip that I am happy to say I got to go on. Out of all four years of GCW, I feel this trip impacted me the most. From its majestic mountains, to its deep valleys, Bhutan’s landscape painted a vivid picture of pure isolation and wilderness. Never before had I been more in touch with my surroundings and in nature. The trekking, the camping, the cold: all things that I grew accustomed to in my epic journey across the ridges of the Himalayan mountain range. It truly was magical. The trip began with a rapid decent through the mountain peaks into Paro international airport. From there, we drove miles around twisting roads up the landscape. We could see numerous houses perched upon the hillside in locations that to us seemed nearly impossible to get to. On the first day we drove through the capital Thimphu, but that wouldn’t be our destination for a couple more days. Instead, we continued on to a more remote location. But how more remote can you get than Bhutan itself? We eventually made it to our hotel though. It was on a river bank in a small town. We played on the white rocks of the river and walked through the small village before calling it a night. Our second day proved to have some more driving as we made our way to more increasingly remote places. We made it to our second hotel and noticed how far away from civilization we really were. This hotel seemed like a lodge deep in the woods. If only I knew this location would be foreshadowing the upcoming events of the next couple days. We awoke on the third day with one word on our minds, “Hiking”. We would learn to regret this word. Our first day hiking consisted of practically only vertical trails of over six kilometers. But we persevered through and made it to our first campsite. This campsite was…. different to say the least. It was… well… let’s just say “covered”, and we have two yaks to thank for that. Speaking of which, we saw lots of yaks by the end of the trip! It was my first time seeing a yak in my life and they definitely appeared different to me. They were strange creatures, and they definitely proved to be messy creatures by the end of the trip. After enduring the harsh cold of the first night camping, we began our second day hiking. This time it was flatter terrain. With less strain on the legs, this hike allowed me to notice more of the landscape… and play with the snow. Our second campsite was amazing. It was a lot lower altitude, so it wasn’t as cold as the previous night. We had a lot more open spaces at this campsite so we had a lot more room to move around. We also got to play soccer with some of the kids from the village. We stayed at this campsite for two nights. This was followed by a night where we stayed in Thimphu, the capital. Here we got to go shopping for souvenirs, and finally got to experience a shower after three days of hiking. The shower was magical to say the least. On our last day we got to see Tiger’s Nest: a monastery perched really high up on a cliff face. The hike was incredible and took so much strength to get up the mountain. It had an incredible view that I will always remember. It was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen in my life. The views were amazing and the feeling was incredible. Our last night we stayed in Paro, where we stayed at an extremely classy resort and spa. At this hotel, we got to have a hot stone bath. This felt so amazing at the end of the trip. We also had a stupendous meal for dinner. It was a great way to rap up the trip. Overall, this trip was an adventure: a physical adventure as well as a spiritual one. I enjoyed every last minute of it, and I thank my advisors for letting such a great trip happen. I will always take a piece of Bhutan with me where I go, and I hope that this trip proves to mean as much as it did to me as to the people who will go on it next year. BHUTAN!

I learned a lot of things from this trip. Firstly, I learned I am capable of a lot more than I had originally thought. Through days of hiking, I learned that I can keep going for a lot longer than what I thought I could. Secondly, I learned that it feels great to detach yourself from technology. Throughout the whole trip, I think I used my iPod and camera only two or three times. It felt great to stay disconnected in a far away place. Thirdly, I learned how to be more independent. I felt self sufficient on the trip and it made me feel great. I felt like I could do more for myself than I thought. Overall, I learned a lot about myself and what I can do. Bhutan taught me a lot of things and I’m glad I came on the trip.

 

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