It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, and so many things have happened… First of all, I’ve moved to a house about two weeks ago! It’s way too big for me (it has three rooms, one large kitchen/dining area, one bathroom) but, unfortunately, it is unfurnished. The garden is still a mess and needs to be cleaned. Still, I absolutely love it. Why?

1. It’s just across the street from my old elephant camp and so I get to hang out with everybody, all the time. Every morning, I wake up at 6.15am and get Tutdao from the jungle. I then hang out with her, sit by a campfire to warm up again (it’s still cold in the morning), talk to the Mahouts, drink coffee, and sometimes watch my ‘teacher’ and friend Joy build a rat trap (he cooks and eats them – I haven’t tried them yet). Joy building a rat trap

At 8am, I have Thai style breakfast at the camp’s reception with Kob, Miguel’s girlfriend, who is also working for the NGO. We eat rice soup, leftover curries, BBQ meat, omelette, etc. Then, I either go home to work a bit on the NGO’s website or I stay at the camp’s reception and work there/help Kob with customers. At 5pm, I always bring Tutdao back to the jungle – my favorite part of the day! Afterwards, it’s shower time and beer/dinner time. Every night, I have dinner with Miguel, Kob, and our friends from the camp (Kob is teaching me how to cook Thai food). When it’s time to go to bed (10pm the latest…), I walk over to my house. One of the dogs, Sunset, always comes with me, and so I never feel unsafe. And the next day, it starts all over again. Sa nook mak (Thai: a lot of fun)!

2. My house gets all its water from a nearby hot spring: my skin has never been better…! As there isn’t a shower head in my bathroom, I engage in ‘active showering’: I mix cold and hot water in a bucket; I then use a small plastic bowl to pour water over me. While some people might think ‘how terrible to live without a proper shower’, I actually quite like it. Since Thai people have used this washing technique for centuries, it’s all part of the cultural experience.

3. I live next to a pond! One of these days, we want to go fishing there, and have a BBQ in my garden afterwards. I’ve seen huge fish jump around and cannot wait to try them (I’ve been told they taste excellent).

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I’ll try to give updates on everything else that has happened here and post more photos and stories over the next few days. Hope you’re doing well!