She`s the founder of the UV English Club here in Trat in South East Thailand. And what a delightful lady she is. Her English is superb and after a half hour or so chat about this and that, she took one of the other volunteers here, Sandra from Sweden, and I out for lunch to a local restuarant. We even met a few of the locals. She then took us on a little journey in her car around the beautiful countryside which is easily accecssable as Trat is a smallish town.
The local countryside is wonderful with a lake surrounded by tropical plants, the odd restuarant dotted about, a few Thai homesteads and a magnificent Thai Temple on a hill overlooking the town.
Meaaw suggested that I can take the pushbike anytime I wanted to cycle around the lake which is great news as I can already see a video unfolding in this lush green tropical paradise.
The town itself is fairly small with not many tourists as most of them just come here enroute to one of the nearby islands, just off the nearby coast. And the locals seem friendly. Well, this is Thailand, afterall.
I already feel at home here, whch is always a good start and have spoken with Meaw about how I can assist in various roles here, including making a film about the English Club, designing a website and, of course, the odd informal English lesson for the locals.
Also, when I arrived here early this afternoon, I recognised the guy who was giving a one to one lesson to one of the mature adult students who attends the club. I had met with Johan from France on a previous occasion, just a few weeks ago, at a hostel in Bangkok.
It`s a small world.