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Chinese New Years
We thought they were clearing the street for the parade but it was just so the princes could drive through, then they let everyone back in the street and made the parade (one dragon) navigate the crowds.
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I finally bought a uniform
We don't need to wear uniforms to class in the Thai Studies department but we had to wear it for a field trip to a museum and I will need to wear it for the midterm and final. In general people wear uniforms here more, they aren't just for police and park rangers.
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"Football" Match
Thammasat and another university in Bangkok have an annual soccer game that is much more than a soccer game. It starts with a political parade where the schools make fun of the current politics then there are performances and rituals before the game starts five hours later. During the game there continues to be constant cheerleading and complicated formations like this sponge bob image. The only problem was getting into the game. The international office made the day into a field trip by providing vans for us to get to the game, but once we got there there was no systematized way to get in. At one gate you needed a ticket, at another you had to be wearing the right shirt, at another you had to be with a Thai buddy, we all managed to get in one way or another but it was much more difficult than it should have been especially since it was organized as a field trip.
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Erawan waterfall
One of my favorite experiences so far! Its about four hours outside of Bangkok but it is well worth the long bus rides. This is just one of many pools along a short trail. We sat in one pool for a while but the fish suck off the dead skin on your feet and it feels really weird so I just perched on a log. Then we went to a pool where you can slide down the rock. So much fun! There were really big fish in the pool with the rock slide but they didn't bother us.
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Tiesto!
Abour 20 of us went to Maya Music Festival in Pattaya this weekend. We saw Don Diablo, Dash Berlin, and Tiesto. The stage was a giant lion-like head and there were fireworks, flames, smoke, and confetti the whole night.
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We also got some pool time in Pattaya
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Posted by juliaaugh 21:33 Archived in Thailand Tagged football thailand bangkok concert hike dragon parade pattaya study_abroad princes thammasat chinese_new_years erawan_waterfall tiesto

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