It has been a fairly uneventful week-and-a-bit during which I have been going to work in a semi-holiday state of mind. April is definitely the slow period as far as education in Thailand is concerned as it is the summer vacation between school years. As the Thai New Year — Songkran — comes mid-month, most businesses close up shop as the entire country attempts to relax. I still have a few lessons each week with individual students as well as a business course on Saturdays but it is a very relaxing atmosphere at the moment. My agency will actually close down completely from this Saturday (April 13 is “official” Songkran Day) and will reopen next Wednesday. My student has already cancelled his Friday evening lesson (which happens to coincide with our payday), so I will start holiday festivities early. I do have some tentative plans for the long weekend but I will report on those in next week’s update, hopefully with some photos and video.
Day 3: Your Favorite Series
Today’s topic is fairly easy although it’s more in the “”Young Adult/Fanstasy” category than the mysteries I usually read. That of course is the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.
Prior to last year I’d never read a single one of these books, nor had I watched any of the movies. I don’t know what prompted me to pick up The Philosopher’s Stone (yes, all of my copies were the British editions without all the changes that were made for those sold in America) back last 16th May. I’m glad I did and I finished the novel the morning of the 22nd, watched the movie, and immediately launched into The Chamber of Secrets (I finished that one in just one day!). This was a trend I maintained for the next couple of months (with a few breaks for variety) and managed to finish the seventh in the series on 26th July. In a way I didn’t want to complete The Deathly Hallows as I would actually have to wait another couple of months before the movie was released (and, then, only Part 1!).