08.31.2011 90 °F
I've been in school for a few weeks, and now that I'm finally in the routine of classes and all that jazz, I can safely say that I absolutely love studying at Thammasat University! My Art and Architecture class is the greatest course I've taken since Commercial Art at MVHS. We literally make art for three hours straight every Thursday! Last week we had a canvas workshop meant to help us better recognize details in Thai art, and Arjan Khiensak ended up drawing a beautifully artsy nung (the number one in Thai) that I got to take home. I'm going to pick up some paints and Lex is going to finish it off so that I have some colorful artwork at my place finally!
My first wat trip was also through Thammasat! Our Thai Traditional Medicine course took us to Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, because the wat is filled with inscriptions of medical practices everywhere. Here's a quick history lesson of Wat Pho because it's actually a really cool place: King Rama III didn't appreciate the huge divide between royalty and commoners, especially with respect to the medical knowledge known at the time of his rule. So, when the wat was restored in his honor, he did something controversial: he had all of the traditional medicinal teachings that had only been known by royalty written on marble tablets and built into the structure of the buildings. That way, commoners could visit the temple to learn! Wat Pho is known as Thailand's first university because of it.
The Thai Traditional Medicine class is taking us on yet another field trip this weekend (albeit at 7:45 am on a Saturday...). This time, it's to a medical expo just outside of Bangkok. There are supposed to be tables and tables of pharmaceuticals and herbs from all the big companies in Thailand, but the part that I am pumped for is the massage school station! Apparently the students of the school have "demonstrations" and you can bet that I'll volunteer, ya know, just to help them out.
Our Thai language course is also finally becoming completely helpful! This week, we started a chapter entirely dedicated to FOOD. Ordering it, which foods are typical of which regions, and how pad thai is mostly for tourists. I'm going to use our page of Thai dishes as a bucket list of food that I should try here. Actually, I'm going go get started on that right now! Yesterday I tried lad na, and today I could go for some lap. Finally, I am capable of ordering without using my oh-so-sad pointing skills to do it.