In every town, in every city, there are buildings that are being reclaimed by nature. The trees, the roots, are eating what man has made. The fingers reach out and grab a hold of the bricks, of the wood, and they wiggle their way into every little crack. The roots push through the foundation and pull on the ceiling, until floors rise and roofs collapse. Vines have wrapped their arms around window frames and have snaked around shattered glass. Years of rain have left tear marks running down the faces of these ghosts. The earth is taking back the space that man attempted to claim. This is nature’s territory and we are just visitors. Other buildings go up around those that crumble to their death, a never-ending story of birth and decay.
Today I spent some time learning basic Thai words as well as simple phrases. With a month until arrival I feel as if I have enough time to pick up some very beginners Thai, so that I am not completely ignorant when I arrive.
While most of what I was learning was introductory phrases, how to ask for directions, the translation of manners, and how to ask the time, there were a few words that really stuck out to me.
Heart is pronounced- Jai
To enter is pronounced- Kao
To understand is pronounced- Kao Jai.
To understand another person, is in a sense, to enter their heart.
It’s official. I have accepted a teaching job in Thailand. Today I went to get a new passport and in the next few days I will be buying an airplane ticket. Over the next few weeks I am going to share pictures of the place that I will be living- Nakhon Sawan- which translates in “The Heavenly City.”