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Happy 3 month anniversary, Nakrian! I started this blog with a post about border runs, and here we are—a full three months later and a second visa run under my belt. All in all, the trip was successful. I paid the Thai/Cambodian entrance and exit fees, tipped the “immigration aides” (…ugh), and subsequently got all the right stamps, stickers, and signatures in my passport.

While the day started out fairly nice, what with a light blue sky and a bit of heat, it slowly progressed into all-too-typical rainy season weather: gray skies, drizzling rain, and periodic downpours. The weather, coupled with the high number of travelers at the border, made the trip a little less relaxed than last time.

But hell, I can’t complain—I got my visa extended and that was precisely the reason for the trip. Following the immigration rodeo, we decided to check out a popular Thai market on the border.

I can describe the “popular” market in one word: gross. I still can’t get over how much trash, dirt, and mucky rain water there was. I also can’t get over how much of it got on my clothes. Gross. I am no priss, but good lord it was a hot mess. It was a pretty typical Thai market: designer knockoffs (Lacoste, Nike, YSL) sold alongside elephant tusks, mosquito rackets, and bicycles assembled in China. The market wasn’t a total waste: Michael bought 12 pairs of work socks for 150฿ (roughly $5) and I took a lot of pictures and we all laughed quite a bit. 🙂

But, look! 3 more months of blissful ex-patriot life (that is, until my next border run)!

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Went to the market today to people watch and browse the extensive assortment of goods. Today was (still is, in fact) lawn mak!* I snapped a few photos before heading back to my village to teach American culture and conversation to my friend.

Street stall at Sikhiu's "Tuesday Market"

After class, I skimmed news headlines– trying to keep up to date with world events. I came across an article title that made me want to spit: “Yale Suspends Fraternity For Raunchy Chants.”  Raunchy? Seriously? More like “sexist,” “pro-rape,” “hostile.” The content was a significant improvement over the absolutely offensive title: Yale decided to suspend Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) in the wake of being investigated for Title IX violations (DKE chanted pro-rape sentiments around Yale’s campus as part of rush). Last year, another Yale fraternity held up signs in front of the Yale’s Women’s Center that read “We love Yale sluts.”  I am glad that Yale finally acted– but, it is unfortunate that it took multiple incidents, many complaints, a Youtube video, and a federal investigation to spur a result. It is my hope that this investigation into Yale’s complacency regarding sexual hostility will force other universities to ensure that their campuses are free from discrimination and sexism. NPR notes,  “according to the Justice Department, 1 in 5 college women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape. But student perpetrators often face little or no punishment from school administrations.” You can read more about the Yale investigation at NPR.org.

There, of course, were other articles that infuriated me– but I won’t recount any more today (phew, right?). I guess having limited access to current events can lead to frustration and long-winded diatribes…

* Very hot

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