Alright! It is now safe to say that I am officially done with my first term teaching. I actually haven't really taught a class since the 4th. The high school students test earlier than the rest of the school, so my past two weeks of work have mostly involved proctoring/grading tests, grading projects, and getting my grades turned in. If that sounds like a lot of work, just remember that two weeks is WAY more than enough time to get all of that done, so I've been pretty bored here at school. It really hasn't been too bad...I've had a lot of time to draw, shoot some hoops, and I even finally figured out how to solve a Rubik's cube, but when there's a 2.5 week vacation coming up it's pretty easy to get a little antsy. We could have requested to leave earlier this week (like Jen, Kaila, Kristen, and Margaret all opted to do) but today was payday, and Michael, Catherine, and I all figured that having some extra dough for our travels was worth the sitting around the school doing nothing for a few extra days.
Depending on how early we're able to duck out of school tomorrow, we'll be leaving either tomorrow or Saturday...and I really couldn't be more excited. We're planning on two main stops. First, we'll be hitting up Hua Hin to enjoy the beach for a couple of days including Christmas day. Then, after Christmas, we're planning on catching a train up to Chiang Mai for the rest of the break. Chiang Mai has pretty much been #1 on my list of places to visit in Thailand. It's a huge area up in the north that's supposed to have some beautiful temples, some great national parks (with giant mountains for hiking!), and some delicious food. It is also apparently a great place to spend New Year's Eve. They do something that's basically the same as the lantern festival but includes fireworks as well...so it should be a pretty awesome time.
This brings me to the main point of this post. I'm going to be taking a brief hiatus from updating here so I can enjoy the vacation. I'll definitely be taking plenty of pictures to put up when I get back. I'll also probably be brainstorming some ideas for future posts. I want to come up with some things to write about that will add some variety to the journal style posts that, so far, comprise the majority (possibly entirety) of my postings. So Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and I'll see ya in 2015!