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Adjusting to Life in Thailand

As my time in Thailand winds to a close, I thought it would be fun to write a blog post about a number of the small (and not-so-small) place-based and cultural differences that I’ve encountered here. I don’t think that … (Read More) Adjusting to Life in Thailand

Being a Student Again: Intro to Thai Language

In addition to the Buddhism in Thailand course, I’m also taking a 1-credit Intro to Thai Language class. This class meets for an hour and a half a couple times a week, and it has served as a helpful and … (Read More) Being a Student Again: Intro to Thai Language

Being a Student Again: Buddhism in Thailand

So far I’ve written almost entirely about the various fun trips and excursions that I’ve been going on with the USAC program, but amid all that fun I’ve also been a regular student in the Chiang Mai University classroom here, … (Read More) Being a Student Again: Buddhism in Thailand

Trekking Tour in Northern Thailand

This past weekend was a major Buddhist holiday in Thailand (referred to by many as “Buddhist Lent”), with schools and many government agencies closed to honor it. Because regular classes weren’t in session, USAC scheduled a 3-day “trekking tour” for … (Read More) Trekking Tour in Northern Thailand

Exploring Doi Suthep and Bhubing Palace

Unlike Bangkok and the other parts of southern Thailand that I visited in the past weeks, Chiang Mai strangely feels like home in one significant way: To the west/northwest, a large mountain looms over the city. The relative flatness of … (Read More) Exploring Doi Suthep and Bhubing Palace

Welcome to Chiang Mai, and Welcome to USAC

I’ve finally arrived in Chiang Mai, and I’ve finally begun the USAC program! It’s been a whirlwind week and a half leading up to this, which I will share more about in a future blog post, but for now it … (Read More) Welcome to Chiang Mai, and Welcome to USAC

Looking Ahead at Studying in Thailand

Greetings! My name is Tom Hillard (Tom Hillard Bio) and I am excited to begin this blog for Boise State’s Global Learning Opportunities office. I am one of the fortunate recipients of a Faculty International Development Award (FIDA) this summer, granted … (Read More) Looking Ahead at Studying in Thailand