After a few more days of lovely meals, motorbike adventures, market shopping, and playing with the neighborhood kids, they’re off. We loved having them here, and really loved that we could say “see you soon”–less than a month!–rather than honest goodbyes.
We had a surprise text message from the airline telling us their flight from Mae Sot to Chiang Mai was cancelled, a lovely mess for us to sort out. In the end, we put them on a bus by themselves and sent them off! It was literally just the two of them, the driver & stewardess leaving the first stop in Mae Sot.
Thankfully they survived and a sweet friend from Partners picked them up and let them rest at her house until they flew out that night. As for Stephen & I–after a series of changing events–we’re off this afternoon to Rangoon for a few days. We were scheduled to be gone two weeks for a relief project, but after a few unexpected events, this was changed. Holding two visas and two tickets paid for, we decided to invest a little of our own budgets to visit Rangoon for just a few days. Since we are always seeing Burma from the perspective of the rural areas, ethnic groups, migrants and refugees, I think the opportunity will be helpful. We’ll be meeting with some community-based organizations and hopefully discussing improvements in my curriculum and projects.