Bangkok, Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
(My journey as a blogger begins here. I decided to use the journaling reflections as a way to stay connected with friends and family back home and to leave behind a piece of what this adventure will be…)
I left Los Angeles on a Saturday night and with the time difference I arrived in Bangkok at noon on Monday. In a way, this was a good way to skip the Sunday feeling (when the weekend is wearing off and you don’t know where all that free time went).
I’ll be here for three months, participating at the Rotary World Peace Fellowship, in Chulalongkorn University. There will be 21 of us here, from all over the world. Yesterday I met a handful of fellows from India, USA, Sri Lanka, Italy and Kenya and today I met others from Nepal, Norway and the USA. The program kicks off tomorrow with a warm welcome from the Rotary Peace Center and with special guest Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and founder of the Center, Bhichai Rattakul. Being here is a dream come true for me, to continue learning and growing professionally as a humanitarian and no better way to do it that in the company of such an amazing team of fellows.
It’s indeed Amazing Thailand’ and I can’t wait to see more. I went for a run early this morning, trying to avoid the heat but those 4 miles were exhausting. It’s a habit I’ve developed through the years, and a great way to explore the cities I visit by running through them. I was a bit shy today, so stayed mostly on campus and only adventured myself into crossing to the other side of campus.
The first module of the program will cover ‘The Concepts and Values of Peace and Conflict Studies’ with Michael Fryer and Rita Manchanda. So I have some readings to do now… More to come!