On Saturday, PPom took us to Pattaya...a super touristy beach area. It was very pretty but unfortunately, the water definitely did not look clean enough to swim in. Not that I wasn't tempted, but it didn't seem like the kind of thing you should risk. Especially since there's plenty of islands (and apparently cleaner beaches along the coast) that we'll be visiting. Aside from the ocean, Pattaya was ok...very crowded and, because of the tourists, a bit more expensive than where I am in Chon Buri. Still, it was nice to sit on the beach drinking a fresh coconut and listening to the waves.
As you can (kind of) see in the last pic there, we got caught in a storm. From what I've been told the rainy season lasts roughly through the end of this month. The beach umbrellas did little to shelter us from the rain, so we made a beeline for the mile which was maybe about a quarter-mile away. Since the wind was kicking, and we were pretty much soaked, I actually got a little bit chilly. Probably one of the only times during my year here that I'll be able to say that.
Well I'm tired of writing (and some combo of the internet here and this website makes uploading pics super impossible) so I'm signing off. Next time, after I have a few more classes under my belt, I'll prolly talk a little about teaching and the school and whatnot.