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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy New Year!

Well, the beginning of this year has been off to a crazy start!  I've had this post written for a while and am just finding a minute to finish it up and get it posted.

Between planning for our next Animal Health training, evaluating a project for refugees in the south of Thailand, getting my Thai Driver's Licenses (yes that's plural... as if one bad DMV picture is not enough, they have to duplicate it for separate automobile and motorcycle licenses), continuing to work on the translation of our book, receiving multiple recommendations from multiple people regarding how to apply for my next visa which will expire in two weeks (including differing opinions in the Immigration office!), and having my good friend Lindsay in for a visit, I've managed to keep myself busy.
Had a fun day in Bangkok touring the Grand Palace

Played with some elephants in the Karen village just up the road from my office

Took a spin through Chinatown in Bangkok

Went up to "Mountain Pointing to the Sky" where you can look out over the country of Laos

Decided not to ride one of these to work everyday

Shot an old-fashioned musket and put a hurtin' on a tree-trunk

Must have done okay with the musket because I was matriculated to wielding this weapon  (It's a pellet gun, people, don't worry.)

Spent a rainy afternoon at the point of convergence of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos

In all seriousness, I'm thankful for the wonderful friends and family I have here.  I'm thankful for the silly times we have together, but I'm also thankful for my work and for what God is doing in Northern Thailand.  What a blessing to be able to share a few of the highlights with you!