Chad Goodroad, U.S., '09
Chad was a Rotary Exchange student in France (04-05) and aspires to work for an international NGO. He hopes to learn how McKean operates and apply his English and political science majors.
This past week has been full of sightseeing and gardening in the beautiful northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai. Everyone is doing well and the people here are even warmer than the weather. This is just a quick hello to let everyone know that the trip is going smoothly but expect more updates in the next couple days.
All is well here in Beautiful Bangkok and not only did everyone arrive
safely but all appear to be adjusting well to the heat!! These first few
days have allowed us to overcome jetlag and become more familiar with the
Thai way of life. One word to describe the trip thus far - delicous.
Chicken and rice for breakfast, Pai Thai for lunch, fried shrimp for
dinner and everything else in between!!! Every morning brings with it a
new fruit even sweeter and juicier than the next.
It wouldn't be fair to go on describing the food, although one could do so
quite easily. Last night, we bargained at the night market in downtown
Bangkok and sat in a park watching as America lost its first game of the
World Cup. Today, we took a riverboat ride through the city stopping off
for chilled Thai coffee and coconut juice. Here I go again, talking about
food! We haven't lost anybody yet, but we're working on it (hint, Luyen!)
The group is getting along well and has been keeping Luyen on his toes,
stopping to look at purses here and temples there while he weaves his way
through the crowds admiring the city he lived in not too long ago. This
evening, we will be heading up to Chiang Mai where we will spend the next
two and a half weeks working in the McKean center. If the people there
are as nice as they have been in Bangkok, it will surely be a great few
Well, time is running out on my internet cafe computer and I only have so
many Baht! We will keep up with the news of all that is going on here in
Chad Goodroad and the rest of the Lilly Group