As we sit with the locals learning basic words, we drink beer and eat together around a big table filled with almost every family member of the residency project managers. They welcome us as if we were family. We laugh, break language barriers and enjoy the “foreign” company. It almost seems banal and unimportant that we are from somewhere else, we feel at home here. My work is chiefly influenced by the idea of the “other” yet here I am influenced by culture and have decided to try to learn local folktales to influence new work. Already I am benefiting from the peaceful spirit that surrounds us.
We visited the “magic tree” yesterday, the tree stretches across 3500 square feet, and using supports umbrellas the walking area that has been made underneath. The tree is 300 years old and people from all over Thailand come to visit it and get their fortunes from the shrine of the trees “guardian “. My fortune warned to be careful as good fortune was yet to be mine. I think this trip has given me the strength to do just that and I look forward to more adventures and experiences in the next coming week to help me along my own life journeys.