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Petar Djordjevic

Sightseeing with a Side of Studying

by Petar Djordjevic Monday, February 20, 2017

Woah. I have already been in Thailand for over a month. Boy does time fly! After a month in already, I have learned and done so much, and there’s still so much to experience. The past few weeks have been more of the same of checking tasks off my ‘Thailand to-do list.’ 

I’ve seen the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, and becoming lost in the labyrinth of alleyways and markets was thrilling, to say the least. I also took a stroll through the downtown oasis that is Lumpini Park, where I was able to walk off my lunch amongst the palm trees, ponds, and monitor lizards.

China Gate at Chinatown

Lumpini Park

Last weekend involved a visit to more tourist stops, including spending all of Saturday sweating in our school uniforms (black pants and white button down shirts) to try and receive a discount at the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), but alas no discount was received. Next door, we visited Wat Pho or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and it was amazing. The massive statue was housed among temples and buildings displaying the unique Buddhist architecture, and the ornateness of the temples is truly breathtaking. 

The Grand Palace

Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Chedi towers

Aside from all the sight-seeing, I’m going to school as well! My classes are interesting so far, mainly core business classes, but with a Thai perspective. I am still getting used to the three hour long lectures, although they are only once a week so I shouldn’t complain too much. The aspect I appreciate most is how kind and welcoming the Thai students are. They are more than pleased to offer advice on how to survive the heat, do well in classes, and what to do if I want the authentic Bangkok experience. 

Of course, there are still a ton more items to check off my to-do list, and midterms to study for as well. Let’s just hope that I don’t become too distracted by the former and forget to focus on the latter.