When I arrived in Pattaya nearly 2 weeks ago my plan was to spend a few days and then move on to one of the islands to relax. Unfortunately, the weather has not been agreeable. Much of southern Thailand is under about 3 feet of water, especially some of the major island tourist destinations. Fortunately, where I am in Pattaya, there has only been a little bit of rain and cloud coverage. I haven’t seen the sun since Bangkok and even there it only crept out occasionally. It has been more than a month since I’ve seen sustained sunshine and it’s definitely wearing on me.
There have been strong winds and advisories in Pattaya over the last few days. The temperature has dropped and it is downright chilly in the evenings. There was a storm surge last night where the water rose about 2 meters. The beach is filled with trash and there are warnings against swimming due to the rough waters and debris.
Bangkok remains on high flood alert as well as the coast where I am but it seems as though the bad weather is just about through. I’m hoping for at least one beach day before school starts on Monday. I will leave either tomorrow or Saturday for Ban Phe, just about an hour south of here. I’ll be busy with school for the entire month of April and look forward to beginning the job search after that. My mom sent a package ahead of me and I confirmed it arrived at the school earlier this week. In the package was most of my documents needed for school and job searching as well as some clothes that I wanted to have with me. Most importantly, a comfortable pair of black dress shoes. Finding comfortable pairs of work shoes here in Thailand is really difficult.
I’ll give updates on my Facebook fan page as time goes on. I’m not sure how much I will update during the course itself because much of my free time will be spend studying and probably putting together a lot of lesson plans. If you are not already a fan of Joey Goes Global do so by pressing LIKE on the top left hand of the website. This is where I’ll be able to give brief updates in between longer more detailed accounts.