5 May 2015, TV = 1163.5 hours
AUA: advanced class = 1153 hours, total class time = 2091 hours
Late last year: In a last-minute add-on to my trip, I decided that instead of going straight back to Bangkok, I’d take a detour to Lamphun, a small city in the north that was the former capital of the ancient, pre-Thai Haripunchai empire (how mysterious!). I didn’t have any kind of travel guide on me, or any information at all, and I hate showing up in a strange place without even a map; at the very least, I wanted to know where the bus station was in relation to the central part of town.
I was in Tak, a city in western Thailand, and luckily there was a fairly centrally located TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) office; and, they had a pamphlet for Lamphun — in English, no less — with a small map of the city at the back. I chatted a bit with the guy behind the desk, and then he pulled out a big register for me to sign.
It seemed kind of odd — I’ve been in TATs before and never been handed a register; for that matter, I can only every recall signing registers back in the U.S., at art exhibitions in galleries or small museums; but I gamely printed my name, and then in the comments section added ดีมาก.
At the time I’d been practicing writing out certain Thai words and phrases, and ดีมาก was one of them. I think it was maybe the first time I ever wrote something out in Thai from memory, without having to copy it from somewhere (for example see this post).
Just a short two word phrase, but it was another small step on the path to literacy. On the other hand, the map itself proved pretty much useless for several reasons, the main one being that it completely mismarked where the bus station was — but that would be another story altogether….
But by now I’ve gotten lazy (or bored?) with writing practice and haven’t done it for quite some time….