Hello people! Tomorrow we leave to go back home, and it feels bittersweet. Although I miss my mom’s cooking, I’m gonna miss eating authentic Thai food, exploring new places with my wonderful peers, and studying at Mahidol University. The last few days, we felt like farmers. We had the chance to plant a garden at Uncle Tom’s cabin. First we were taught to how to make the compost/mixture to prepare the seedings of Bok Choy for planting. Our hands got very messy! We went out a planted the seedlings, but first we had to till the dry dirt with all our strength. We got even more messy, as we set out to make bricks from water, dirt, and rice husk. We were shocked to learn that they put plastic bottles inside the bricks as a way to reduce it’s waste.Talk about sustainability! I had so much mixing the mixture with my feet and hands. Today was a great experience because we were able to dive into more of the sustainable practices dont in the local communities. After this, we quickly freshened up and set out to explore the tall windmills seen initially when driving to Phetchabun. We also picked our very own strawberries at the farms and enjoyed a game of poker as we enjoyed our drinks on top of the mountains.
The next day we returned back to Salaya Campus and were sweetly welcomed again by the staff. It truly amazes just how kind the people of Thailand are! I presented my presentation on Composting as a sustainable practice and discuss what we saw in Thailand. Everyone gave an interesting presentation and reflected on our trip in Thailand. It’s no trip, without seeing the islands of Thailand, so as a group we organized the last day to visit Kosichang on Siracha Island. Thailand was truly an experience of a lifetime and I hope the next group of students have as great of a time we all had!