I'm back in China for the summer — working with a group of six Duke undergraduates in Beijing — and am going to try to start blogging again. The students I'm working with are teaching English at the Dandelion Middle School (蒲公英中学) and helping the school with health and volunteer management projects, as well as redesigning the school's website.
Blogging is going to be difficult thanks to the great firewall and the anniversary of Tiananmen, which has apparently inspired the government to block everything, including flickr, where I post all of my photos. But I'm going to try to post semi-regularly about life at the school and in Beijing, where we will spend the next eight weeks.
Every house and business in Bangkok sports a spirit house, a miniature house that looks like a temple — built to provide shelter for moody spirits. Here are just a few of my favorites in my neighborhood, Ari.
A restored Khmer temple in Phimai, Thailand — a town in the northeast region of Isaan.
I was walking down a soi (alley) off one of Bangkok’s main roads when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something sparkle. Turns out it was a tuk-tuk that looks like it was attacked with a bedazzler. Tuk-tuk’s, or motorcycle taxis, usually have some form of decoration, but I’ve never seen one as decked out as this one.
The anti-government protests that started two weeks ago (and that were supposed to end one week ago) continue in front of the UN building in Bangkok. In this photo, you can not only see the protesters lining the street below in their tents, but you can also see what was supposed to be their ultimate destination — government house. Government house is on the right side of the photo, with a red roof and a gold spire. Because police set up barricades around the building, which holds the prime minister’s office, the protesters stopped at the UN and set up camp (quite literally, as you can see).