February 15, 2011 § 1 Comment
These two photos are from a recent trip to Hua Hin (again).
Okay I have to say as a side note, the reason why we (my girlfriend and I) have been making so many trips down to Hua Hin – and as a result why all my photos as of late have been from there – is because we are being offered a job at a new teaching position down there (also I keep saying down there because it’s south from us, and about a 5-6 hour journey from the town that we currently live in). So needless to say we’ve been journeying down yonder in order to hash out and finalize this job situation, and to find place to live down there, and just to hang out with friends cause we like it there (duh, we’re moving there). It’s an awesome, quiet, sleepy little beach town that’s a blast to hang out in. And you can actually find stuff to do pretty readily available, unlike our current town, there’s some stuff here you just got to search a bit harder to find it. But I think in the long run I’m going to be much happier with the teaching position, and feel more at home in Hua Hin.
Okay, now back to the lady monk. And let me just start by saying how awesome I think it is when I see women as monks in Thailand. The thing is, that’s not even supposed to happen; really conservative Buddhist monks aren’t even allowed to touch women, not even to save their lives (well I suppose they could, they would just have to immediately go back to a temple/monastery and cleanse themselves). And I think there’s only one temple in Thailand where woman can become ordained as monks (and I believe the technical term for a lady monk is nun). There is just some thing very cool about it too me.
When we came across her, she was using a long bamboo pole to pick these strange, little, bally flowers out of a tree. She gave some to us to try, they’re super bitter. But the Thais use them in food somehow, as an herb or something, I’ve seen them sitting on food carts.
She was super nice, and we chatted for a while -in what little English she spoke, and what little Thai I spoke.