Wow, long time no blog! Well, what can I say, it is a little bit difficult to go travelling around the world when borders, airports and the like are shut everywhere due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 virus. So, my life has undergone something of a change from the previous five years to say the least, no more living in a tent, constantly on the move. Rather I am stuck here in Thailand, I have a house, a car, and even a job!
|My house and car.|
I could also go on at considerable length about the many, many difficulties involved in teaching here. The Thai education system, initially created around the end of the 19th century and based on European systems at that time, has perhaps advanced a few decades towards modernity in the intervening century. It is also hampered by a uniquely Thai tendency towards absurd bureacracy and an extreme, unhelpful deference towards figures of authority - basically no matter how foolish or counterproductive a dictat from on high may be, all the Thai staff will jump to obey and expect the foreigners to do the same. I will not go into any detail though, for fear of getting in trouble!