Port Angeles, Washington
January 9, 2002
Our hostesses in Thammadue were Pa and Noi. They were the friendliest women, always smiling and wanting to practice speaking English. We slept on the upper floor of their home, where they had built bunk beds and had put in two bathrooms. They cooked us an amazing meal. After dinner, we walked down to a sort of community center. The village children, under the direction of their schoolteacher, performed some dances for us. The girls were beautifully dressed, with their hair and makeup all done up for the show. You could tell they had practiced long and hard, and it was exciting for them to dance for us. The boys played bongo drums in the background and also worked the stereo.
It was very nice, and afterward the teacher wanted us to teach a song or a game to the children. We taught them how to play Red Light, Green Light, which they LOVED. I didn’t do very well at it – I think one of the village kids won the game. From there everyone got carried away having a great time. One of the couples in our group knew how to swing dance, so they danced to one of the songs they kids were playing on the stereo. Then one of the older village girls taught us and her friends how to do a line dance. A line dance of all things! What a crazy night! Eventually we all got it down and we danced for 3 songs, until the teacher told us it was getting late and it was time for everyone to head home.
From journal Kanchanaburi – Week 2 of 4 of Thailand trip