Elayne Clift, your Letter to the Editor (Volume IV No 34
of August 20-26) caught my attention. My message to you is that you have to
adjust to Chiang Mai, it will NOT adjust to you.
Let it be a cultural experience, not a culture shock.
Recognize and accept that the Kingdom of Thailand has beautiful traditions
that will be different from your native land. That you have arrived in
Chiang Mai to teach for one year is laudable, but it is also a time for you
to be taught.
Come to terms with this, and who knows, you may wish to
extend your stay beyond the one year mark. Flow with the stream, enjoy and
learn from the experiences unfolding before you.
The starting point would be to rid yourself of anger.
(Bloody motorbikes, wrong side of the road...) Get this monkey off your
Smile and one will come back to you.
Enjoy Chiang Mai and the region, enjoy the locals and
their beautiful traditions and culture, and have a wonderful and happy time
in your role as a teacher.
I wish you well,
B.E. (Brian) Haffenden,
Perth Western Australia