Wow. What a completely crazy, whirlwind of a summer it’s been. Since stepping foot off the plane from Thailand, I practically dove straight into my DAT books and hibernated the remainder of my summer away to study for my upcoming exam. Studying was intense, to say the least. I condensed what was supposed to be a 10 week schedule into about 7 weeks, so I was studying 7 days a week, for 10+ hours a day. Many nervous breakdowns and lots of test anxiety later, my test is finally over and I’m quite proud of how hard I worked and committing myself to it.
Now that I’m back in school, midterms and weekly assignments are keeping me as busy as ever, while having to also juggle work on the side. At the same time, it’s my last year of college and it’s so incredibly bittersweet and I want to soak up every moment of it because this summer has probably been one of the best summers of my life thanks to the incredible opportunity of being able to study abroad.
When people ask me what one of the best parts of my trip was, my mind immediately jumps to Mae Sot, a little town in Tak province in western Thailand near the border of Myanmar. This was the site of the fieldwork portion of our public health program, which I’ll get into more in later posts. During our first week here, we had a lot of time to walk around and explore and we walked pass this cute painting on our way home from a delicious Burmese lunch.
There is a strong Muslim community here in Mae Sot, and this particular teashop is super famous for its homemade naan, rolled out and made fresh every morning. Apparently they sell out every day before 8 or 9 am, so our entire group headed out around 6 am so we could get a taste of this naan.