Thursday, May 10, 2012

Teachers who get hit by the travel bug

There is a category of teacher called Tourist Teachers.  These are teachers who only take up a job in an international school because they want to travel that country and have a base to come back to.  They tend to only stay a year or two, and then they move on to their next adventure.  Then you get another group of international teachers who enjoy soaking up the culture of different peoples and even though they travel and explore, they enjoy being immersed in the culture so they stay longer.  Ami Blackwelder is a successful author who started out as a Tourist Teacher and then became so involved and immersed in Thai culture she stayed for a good many years.  “Ami Blackwelder is a Romantic Suspense author with a Unique Voice and Unpredictable Plots.”  Ami is the author of The Shifters of 2040 and She speaks to angels.  Her books are available on Amazon.
Travels to Thailand

HI! MY name is Ami Blackwelder, and while many of you know me as the romantic suspense author of paranormal, scifi, dystopian, historical, and soon to be steampunk, and urban...I am also a world traveler!  (The picture is of a Hill Tribe woman, not Ami Blackwelder! lol)

How did I get into this? I decided to teach and travel, two birds with one stone. Earn money in a country I wanted to visit. I began my travels in the orient in Korea, but this post is about after Korea I went to Thailand. I ended up staying for 6 1/2 years! I considered it my second home now and will return in a year or so! I hope!

 Swadee Ca! That is ‘hello’ in Thai. Women say ca and men say cup. You say that after every sentence, it is polite.  Unless you don’t want to be polite!

Cap Cun Ca means ‘thank you very much!’

 Bangkok is a city of noise, pollution, buses, motorbikes, taxis -all brushing past you on the road as you wander the sidewalks. Many markets on the streets filled with foods, house items, and sometimes illegal items like paperwork for visas, fake degrees and such.The people for the most part are very friendly and a joy to be around, but watch your wallet!

There is also a very cool sky train which is a main form of transit, because it is cheap and will take you from one side of the city to the other quickly.

 If you’ve been to NY in America, Bangkok is a bit like that in feeling. Rushing, work-oriented people. You might try fried banana or even fried bugs on the streets! But I spent most of my time in Jomtien/Pattaya area.

 In Jomtien the main form of transport is the baht bus and motorcycle. Tourists and Thais alike fill up the baht buses which follow a predetermined path around the city. For just a little change you can go around the city in no time.

 This area is known for the gatoys which are men that dress like women. The city is famous for it. There is even a show people pay to see called the Alcazar where all the women are actually men. Some of them are very women like!

 This is also a beach area were life is slowed down. Scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, and other water sports are prevalent. You can take a boat to small islands were you can take elephant rides, watch dancers who blow fire, and eat seafood all day long! They even offer massages on the beach. Can someone say heaven?

 I even took a motorcycle ride along the hills and coast of the islands. How picturesque and exhilarating! You know you are alive then!

My friend and I came up with a top 10 reasons you know your in Thailand. 

1)  When you see elephants crossing the roads

2)  When baht busses are your main form of transportation

3)  When you eat fried bananas all day

4)  When you find yourself saying Swadee Ca and Cap Cun Ca in everyday conversation.

5)  When you find yourself lost in the city of monkeys

6)  When everyone is smiling even when they are mad

7)  When people are offended by your feet

8)  When everyone pays allegiance to one king

9)  When an extra-extra large won’t fit your American small frame

10)          When you could swear the girl on the street is actually a guy

 Hope you enjoyed

 Ami Blackwelder

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Amy Blackwelder said...

Thanks for having me!

Phil said...

id love to experience that.. seeing elephants walk n the roads. HAHA

Cindy Vine said...

Pleasure Ami! Phil, wait until you see an elephant tethered to a post waiting while their owner had a drink in the bar!