Sawankhalokians: Part 2

As a continuation of this post, I want to delve further into my experience in Sawankhalok by focusing on and giving tribute to those who made my experience all the better. These people created a community for me, helped me navigate a new town and a new culture.

Meet my Sawankhalok community!


These guys live about 100 yards from our house at the corner of our little soi and the main road. As is common in Thailand, the front of their home has been converted into a shop, specifically a motorcycle shop. Always kind and helpful to this mechanically disinclined young woman: pumping up my tires for free, changing flats, and otherwise fixing my bicycle. Unfortunately, we never exchanged names but without fail they always say hello and wave as I ride past their shop.

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Sawankhalokians: Part 1


One year ago, I was hired to teach English in Thailand to high school students. Not only did I need to prepare to move to the other side of the world but I had a scant 6 weeks to get my life together. In miraculously swift movements, I was able to quit my job, get a visa, get vaccinations, and pack my life into one backpack and an obnoxiously large red suitcase. And off I went…

This past year I created lifelong friendships, which consisted of conversations employing only a narrow vocabulary of Thai and English words. Bridging language gaps, rather than distancing and disconnecting, has only strengthened and fortified my friendships (as well as allowed me to use a hilarious amount of hand signals and pointing, always a humbling and silly way to communicate).

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Meet Harry

This is Harry from Sri Lanka. I met him on my first flight from DC to Doha. He LOVED talking 🙂 I understood most of what he said and he was very sweet. To sum up our conversation I have two notes:

1. He kept stating this quote: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” – Socrates

2. Harry: “What’s the longest word in the English language?”
Me: “I don’t know. What?”
He smiled a bit mischievously, said he was shocked and simply replied “Smiles. From the first ‘s’ to the last ‘s’ it is a mile.”

He was a great plane partner.