*this is a photo heavy post. sorry about that, but i didn’t want to leave anything out! i’ve uploaded many more pictures from the field trip to flickr.
the field trip was scheduled to start at 8am friday morning. and at 8:15am the bus pulled out of the parking lot.
i think that’s pretty impressive considering there were 80 gajillion parents hopping on and off the bus to check on their kids and then the kids were hopping off and on for one last hug from their parents.
four hours and four pit stops later we arrived at the village.
our kids got a look at the house the girls would be staying at and the lahu kids got a look at us.
this is where we extra moms headed out to find a place to stay and the kids were split into groups for the day’s activities. on our way out i did manage to get a picture of the group that was getting ready to plant vegetables and the area they were planting in.
the first place we (the moms) looked – i might not should say we, because i was sort of just along for the ride at this point – was a wat. and it just so happened there were some goings on at the wat on friday. so i stayed and watched the dancers while the other moms went room hunting.
but there were no rooms to be had at the wat so we searched some more. they found a lovely chalet right on the banks of the river. we got checked in and rested for a bit and then went out in search of food.
after we had eaten we invited ourselves back to the village to check on the kids. we got there just as they were wrapping up the s’mores making. s’mores are not a traditional lahu snack. it was just a small taste of american culture our kids wanted to share with them.
then we got to watch – and some even participated in – some traditional lahu dancing.
then it was time to hit the hay. the boys headed over to their house that was all mosquito netted up.
we headed back to our hotel and i promptly fell asleep. the next morning we arrived back at the village – this time invited – in time for the hike and orange picking and the lahu tribe’s thanksgiving celebration. then it was time to eat a little lunch and load our dirty legged kids onto the bus for the trip back home.