FIRST WEEK DONE

We've been in Ranong for just over a week already and our new routine is slowly coming together. We're realizing you don't necessarily choose a daily routine. It just unfolds... For example, I can't seem to stay in bed later than about 7 a.m every morning. I wake up early. Not sure why; it just is that way. Shane, on the other hand, is hard to get out of bed before 8 a.m. What a change from our life in Quebec, where Shane would always be the one up at the crack of dawn. :)

I worked every day this week and I'm learning how to work around the time difference between my clients, my collaborators and me. It's not always ideal, but it's definitely going to work. Shane and I still managed to find some time to explore our new home.

Ranong, both the town we live in and the province of the same name, is not a very touristy place. There are no beaches close to us (we have to drive about 30 mins for a decent beach or take a ferry to Koh Phayam Island) and there are very few "farangs" (foreigners). No one speaks English and we end up gesturing a lot to get understood. Turns out it's actually quite fun! A sort of non-stop charade game where one team has only 2 people - Shane and me - and the other team has... well, everyone else! They are winning for sure, but we earn just enough points to get by. :)

A few photos from the last few days:

Ngao Waterfall

Only 500 meters to the waterfall, but with temperatures hovering around 40 C and humidity at 70-80%, it felt far!

All sorts of cool plants in the jungle!

Ranong Reservoir, also know as Had Som Paen Reservoir

A storm is brewing. Although, to be fair, even when it rains here, it only lasts about 20 minutes. The sun comes right out again. We actually outran this one and didn't even get wet.

Thais are primarily Theravada buddhists which means that, for them, all life is sacred. From stray dogs and cats to cows, every life matters. Cows are everywhere here, and you sometimes find them in the most unexpected spots.

Here's a question for you: Which cow owns the head you see? The foreground one (whose behind we see) or the sideways one? :)

A Thai stop sign

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