ubuntu

The last few weeks of May was rather bitter sweet. It was the end of a year exchange and though I’d like to think it was not the “end” of many beautiful friendships that  blossomed from this journey; it just may be. However, I am confident that for most of us it was just a temporary farewell and we shall meet again in the future.

I was told far too often before I left my home in America that I will undoubtedly meet some of my best, lifetime friends during this experience and it’s so true. Most would also say that it is bound to happen because we are essentially drawn together from our homes all around the world by this experience and almost forced to stick together. Personally, I think it takes people fully opening themselves up and allowing others in, to really experience meaningful friendships/relationships. In this sense, I have been very blessed because in such a short amount of time I managed to build rich, fulfilling friendships with people who seemingly had nothing in common with me.

A handful or maybe even two, of beautiful friendships have developed among individuals from various countries, cultural/religious backgrounds, languages, experiences, perceptions, education and ideas. I wouldn’t even know where to begin sharing all of the things I’ve learned from everyone I have met this year but I am thankful for having you all in my life and the huge contribution you’ve made to my personal growth.

Wishing my friends nothing but the best and look forward to crossing paths again. xo

Some photos of memorable times and faces I adore! Thanks for all the good times!

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Ubuntu philosophy: “I am what I am because of who we all are.”

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The Blue Lady

Just a few meters down Rajvithi Soi 9 from our Victory monument home for the past 4 months, is our beloved “blue lady.” Not too long ago she had the opportunity to rent a very small space, threw together 3 tables, a few stools, painted the place blue and satisfied many people with her amazing culinary skills!

Aroy mak maaaaak (very delicious), always fragrant, fresh, quick and affordable for us. So, this was the spot at least….2 times a week. But more often, two times a day :p

With just a few days left together, we decided to to ask her if she can throw together a little lesson for us and of course she exceeded our expectations. We got to learn how to cook a few of our favorite dishes, spent a beautiful day together and one last meal at our favorite restaurant. Unfortunately for us, she doesn’t speak much english at all but we fell in love with her charisma. This woman is unbelievably talented yet so humble and we’re very fortunate for the opportunity to spend a day with her as she shared some of her secrets đŸ™‚

Some footage from our day. Enjoy!