Off the main road in town, a side street veers off toward the neighborhood where Partners office is located. The two roads converge to a sharp corner, wedging in a community platform. I haven’t seen it used for much, but each night at 6pm, it comes alive.
For Thai aerobics.
I’ve passed it many times and enjoyed a good laugh. Everyone seems to be shuffling off beat to the load pop music.
I told Jenn about it a few months ago, and we were anxious to fit it into our schedule. We expected hilarity, and it delivered nothing less.
We managed to stay with everyone for the warm up. Jenn did turn to me a few minutes in to say, “What beat are they moving to?!” The woman in front of me was a pro, clearly coming every week, and helped me to sort it out even if it was off-beat. She even gave us a double thumbs up when we finished!
The instructor changed in the middle, and the second woman was much more advanced. Jenn and I, and really everyone, just did their own little moves throughout. One woman was particularly keen to twirling, and just added her own every fifteen seconds or so.
After about twenty minutes of following along a few beats late to the advanced crew, Jenn realizes, “I think she’s speaking English! ‘Double knee, tap out’; yeah, that’s English!”
We’ve included a short video Stephen & Chris got from the car. Please take note of the woman who comes up in the middle to point out that there are some strange white men watching us from a truck. Hilarious.
It just doesn’t get much better than doing aerobics to bad pop music and an instructor you don’t understand in the middle of a town where your glowing skin already makes you stand out. What else would sisters be for but to join you at a time like this?