Daydreams of Chulalongkorn

Chulalongkorn University is the best university in Thailand.� Before last weekend, I never thought about Chula�(that's what we call it for short here).� But now it's a different story!�

You're probably wondering what happened last weekend.� Well, we passed Chulalongkorn University�on the way to the movies in Bangkok.� It's right there next Siam Paragon, a fabulous mall with a movie theater, 2 English-language book stores, a starbucks, a gourmet grocery store where you can buy avocados,�multiple western restaurants, and a little shop that sells the most delicious cream puffs in the world.� As if that weren't enough to make Chulalongkorn an appealing place to work, it's also right across the street from yet another Starbucks, a McDonalds�& a Dunkin Donuts.�

Sometimes I like to think about what it would be like to teach at Chula.� Not so much the teaching part.� Just the easy access to all things American.� I can imagine myself picking up a grande latte on the way to the office.� Maybe I'd eat some Thai food for lunch.� (The school cafeterias at Chulalongkorn are so good that the Lonely Planet guide suggests that tourists eat there.)� After work, maybe I'd catch an English soundtrack movie and then pick up some avocados and tortilla chips for dinner.

I sound really gluttonous right now, don�t I?I guess it�s a good thing I don�t teach at Chula!

Even though I like daydreaming about being an instructor at Chulalongkorn, I�m really happy where I am.I wouldn�t trade my life in Khon Kaen for the conveniences and comforts of Bangkok.This is a better experience for me.


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