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Location: Sompoi, Thailand

As our final goodbye, the teachers of Sompoi School invite in an expert to perform the string, or Dai Sai Sin, ceremony. All we can say is Wow!

2 Feb 2007, 5:48PM

At the end of the ceremony, everyone comes over, ties strings on our wrists and wishes us safety, good health, and happiness.

2 Feb 2007, 5:30PM

Our expert, the man in white, chants around the ceremonial urn while we all keep our hands in the lotus position.

2 Feb 2007, 6:41PM

Watsana and Chris

2 Feb 2007, 5:50PM

Emily, dressed up as a Thai princess, has no idea what's going on but is loves being surrounded by adoring faces.

2 Feb 2007, 6:45PM

The gifts, tangible and otherwise, from this experience keep coming and coming. The teachers give us all the tools necessary to make Kao Neow, or sticky rice, at home. You're invited to come over and taste it...it's Emily's favorite!

2 Feb 2007, 6:42PM

Jennifer, Bai, and their friends...minutes before the two of them dissolve into tears, clutch each other, and beg not to have to say goodbye.

2 Feb 2007, 7:34PM

After the dance, they sang the song, "Pretty Boy" substituting the words, "Battye Family, I love you."

2 Feb 2007, 7:25PM

The students dressed up and performed tradtional Thai dancing for us. Summed up in one word: Graceful

2 Feb 2007, 8:21PM

O.K. so we got a little bit into this Karaoke thing...

2 Feb 2007, 7:45PM

Our family just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

2 Feb 2007, 8:51PM

For us, this picture sums up the Thai concepts of Sabai, Sabai and Sanok. The man is trying to roll up the mat and Emily is in the way. Instead of telling her to get off, he just does it with her on board and has a big laugh...no problem, make it fun!



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Our expert, the man in white, chants around the ceremonial urn while we all keep our hands in the lotus position.

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At the end of the ceremony, everyone comes over, ties strings on our wrists and wishes us safety, good health, and happiness.

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Emily, dressed up as a Thai princess, has no idea what's going on but is loves being surrounded by adoring faces.

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Watsana and Chris

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Jennifer, Bai, and their friends...minutes before the two of them dissolve into tears, clutch each other, and beg not to have to say goodbye.

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The gifts, tangible and otherwise, from this experience keep coming and coming. The teachers give us all the tools necessary to make Kao Neow, or sticky rice, at home. You're invited to come over and taste it...it's Emily's favorite!

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The students dressed up and performed tradtional Thai dancing for us. Summed up in one word: Graceful

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After the dance, they sang the song, "Pretty Boy" substituting the words, "Battye Family, I love you."

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Our family just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

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O.K. so we got a little bit into this Karaoke thing...

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For us, this picture sums up the Thai concepts of Sabai, Sabai and Sanok. The man is trying to roll up the mat and Emily is in the way. Instead of telling her to get off, he just does it with her on board and has a big laugh...no problem, make it fun!