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Found this little guy today and wanted to share him with you!

A gold dust weevil

He's trying to eat my freckles!

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Anxiously waiting for my bananas to ripen

Thailand’s rainy season is off to a good start– thunder, lightening, and afternoon downpours tuk-wan.1 While the sky might be gray and cloudy, the local vegetation is thriving, thanks, in part, to the warm climate and increased humidity. My friend, Emiko, has several banana trees in her yard, so she gave me a cluster of near-ripe bananas to share with Sigma. However, the bananas, being quite heavy, might bruise if left to ripen on the ground and since ants and beetles love to feast upon bruised fruit, we devised a way to keep the cluster off the ground and out of harms way. Pretty crafty, eh?

Yesterday, I spent the day at Suranaree University of Technology, where Michael teaches English. After I completed a 6 mile training run, we went to lunch at Coffee Pitini, a popular farang2 restaurant located near SUT’s front gate. I ate my first mushroom and mozzarella calzone since living in Thailand–mmmm, so good. I also learned how to ride a motorbike (finally)!

Cheese, bread, and any combination thereof, are not staples in the typical Thai diet

I stumbled across a number of interesting insects during my visit to SUT– many of which happened to bunk with Mike. However, my favorite had to be this broad-nosed weevil. As it lay dying, ants began to swoop in, pulling at it’s legs and antennae in an attempt to bring it to their colony. I like to think that this guy’s glittering shell inspired Lady Gaga’s 2010 Grammy Awards costume.

Ants trying to move a dying metallic weevil

I was sad to leave SUT’s beautiful, insect-filled campus– but more than anything, I dreaded the return trip back to my village. Two crowded buses and 1.5 hours later… home! Oh, and one of the bus drivers even managed to charge me an extra ฿5, because I am a Farang. As I got off the bus, he said “law len3 while he and the other passengers laughed and laughed. Joke’s on me; I didn’t get my ฿5 back.

1. Every day

2. Western/Westerner

3. Just kidding

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