Baan Dada days 1 and 2

January 24, 2011

Hello from Baan Dada!

We arrived Saturday afternoon, and we’re so happy to be back! Many of the kids remember us, which we weren’t expecting. It has been 15 months since our last (and first) visit. There are a lovely bunch of volunteers here also, from Belgium, England and the USA. We’re already having loads of fun, the energy of the kids is infectious. There are talks of a camping trip tomorrow, which would be wonderful.

For now, here is a snapshot of how we’re spent the past 2 days.

(not where we stay, but I had to show this hut, which is on their property)

In their new truck – the money we raised at our engagement party went towards this truck. Thanks to everyone who donated! The truck is epic!

Some of the kids performed at a guest house Sangklaburi to raise money for the home – and they take a percentage themselves, which they spend as they wish. Some save their money, some spend it on snacks. The older boy’s band, the younger boy’s band, the girls band and the dancers (doing traditional local dances) all performed.

The food – oh how we have missed this food! The mothers are angels, who prepare all the food for the kids. They sometimes, sometimes, let me help 🙂 They’re Neo-Humanists, and so they are vegetarians. This suits us fine, the tofu is yummy!

Fresh cucumber

Tofu and bean shoots

Cabbage and tofu

Som Tam (papaya salad)

Coconut pancake, from the market

Rice porridge

At a Temple, the kids playing with the camera.

And that is all for now – I’ll be back with more. Today we are hoping to do a little construction work. Right now I have Malaee and Malaoo on my lap, I must go play 🙂

Heidi xo

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  • hollypop January 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    som tam! drool.

    oh heidi, what are you doing there? i'm intrigued.

  • Hannah January 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Aaaah! Som Tam and rice porridge (congee, right?) are two of my favourite dishes ever. Looks like you're having such a wonderful time. Yay!

  • Laura Preston January 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    wow, what an amazing experience. Enjoy that beautiful food

  • Michelle Chin January 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    The som tam looks delicious!!!!

  • The InTolerant Chef January 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I love that salad! The kids look so cute and they seem to adore you too!

  • Heidi January 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Ooooh yes the som tam was amazing!! as was the congee. I'm loving the tofu with cabbage too. I never miss meat here – although I do grab a sneaky pad krapow moo whenever i get into town 🙂

    I'm just helping out with the general running of the place. we're only here for 10 days this visit, so not really enough time to initiate any projects and follow them through. so I'm just playing the with kids, helping with english, helping one boy in particular, some 'light' construction work, etc.

    It's wonderful, I'm loving every minute of it.

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston January 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Wow…, all the food looks amazing, the woven hut looks intriguing and the kids luv ya…., very cool. Loving these updates Heidi 🙂

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds January 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Food looks amazing, and what a great idea – to volunteer as part of your holiday, well done!

  • Leah January 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    This looks like such a wonderful place to visit!

  • Iron Chef Shellie January 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Looks like you guys are having a fantastic trip! x

  • Angela (the diet book junkie) January 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    oh wow, looks like i have a lot to catch up on over here! i just got back to Oz which means i have internet again (yay!) hope you're having an awesome trip! looking forward to the recaps!:)

  • Anonymous January 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Oh, you are back in Baan Dada! Looking forward to be reading all about this stay, and see the pictures and everything! =) Me and Malin are thinking about going back there in october/november, all dependig of our worksituation then. Enjoy your stay, and hug the kids from us in Norway =)

  • Anonymous January 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

    PS: Hugs from Tonje 🙂

  • Heidi January 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Thanks lovelies! We're having a great time. Hope to do another post in a day or so – just too much to do at the moment 🙂

    Tonje!! So nice to hear from you. That would be amazing if you could come back. I wish we could come back more often – work is so inconvenient hehe, they should give more holidays 🙂 Hi to you and Malin!!

    Heidi xo

  • Bee February 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

    You are so sweet Heidi! What a lovely thing you did by having people donate money at your engagement. x