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Petar Djordjevic

Smiles All Around

by Petar Djordjevic Monday, May 8, 2017

Well, here we are. May 5th. Classes are finished, goodbyes are being made, and my semester abroad is coming to a close. Something I have looked forward to for quite a while, something I am so grateful to have been a part of is almost over. One minute I am eager to go back home, the next I am dejected at the thought of leaving Thailand, but I knew this time would come eventually. Now I get to spend my last few days here hanging out with friends, crossing items off my ‘must do in Bangkok’ list, and consuming as much Thai tea as I can.

The famous long tail boast on a beach in Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi Islands

Looking back on these past four months, I can’t believe how much I have experienced. I ate a fried scorpion on Khao Sahn Road. I fed watermelon to elephants. I bargained for knockoff goods at the market. I snorkeled in the bluest of waters with fish swimming a half an inch from my face. I have taken probably every form of transportation known to man. I walked on the same beach Leonardo DiCaprio walked on in The Beach. I fell in love…with fried green curry. I got lost in the alleys of Chinatown, twice. I visited temples that are hundreds of years old. As you can see it’s been an eventful few months.

The Ratchada Train Market

One of the many temples in Ayutthaya

One of the best things, I would have to say, are the friends I made here. You would think that we would all be so different because we’re all from different places, but we share a lot of the same experiences as college students, not to mention the common bond that is studying abroad in such a unique place like Thailand. With my exchange here, I’m not only learning about Thailand, but I’m learning about Canada, France, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, and others as well. And although the material we learned in class is important, the knowledge I gained just from living and traveling in southeast Asia has broadened my world perspective immensely, and I have grown as a person because of it.

And as much as I loathe clichés, and I apologize ahead of time, I must say it. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. I mean, they don’t call it the land of smiles for nothing.   

Intricate designs of Wat Arun