Last week my bike broke down. The battery died. Simple fix here. It cost 150 baht which is about 3 bucks. Problem is, it took 2 days to fix. Plus we got it back and the next morning it was still broken because we didnt drive it around enough the first day. So It was basically the whole week that I did not have a bike. I decided to take the time to walk to school. It was the last week in February and somehow I knew it was going to be the last nice weathered week. I walked to school in pants and a cardigan almost everyday and did not over heat or get too sweaty!
One day a parent of a student in my class saw me walking and picked me up! It was so cute and kind of her. This is the kind of community I am in. People help each other whenever possible and it is truly amazing.
Anyway, my gut was right that it was the last nice week. Monday morning (sunday too, but I was inside all day!) was gross. Farmers had begun their traditional slash and burn methods and the skies were gray with ash. You could almost see the ash. We had to have inside everything that day. The AQI (air quality index) was 120, which America says 50 is the level air should be at.
Also, Monday was our last basketball practice as Tuesday was the tournament. We had to have a "walking only" practice, which was a little difficult! But the girls did it wonderfully. We werent sure if we were going to be able to play in the tournament on Tuesday if the levels were still too high.
Tuesday was a little better but still inside recesses in the morning. The AQI was only 105! We did have our basketball tournament. The first game was outside in the 100 degree heat and the 100 AQI levels! It was rough. But again the girls were troopers. The championship game was next. It was a good battle, full of drama, but it was a display of our growth. Sadly we lost but I am so proud to be part of the team and thankful for each of them. Here is a picture I stole from one of their facebooks... I hope that is allowed!
Today is a national holiday! So a day off of school! It is so nice, especially after a long night. It is a Buddhist holiday that I wont even try to spell or say. Our housekeeper still came, though only for a half day. We told her she didnt have to, but she wanted to. She brought her twin daughters with her and they are soooooo cute! I love hearing them playing with Chico, chasing him around, and trying to get him to sit! Here is a picture of them. They were standing still for once, so he had to sniff them!
Also, side note - the pollution is getting better! Today it is only 85 which is considered moderate and not unhealthy! This would have meant regular recesses today - wooohooo.