We were privileged to hear from our exchange student, Prach “Pun” Losathitmonton, about his homeland. He is from Bangkok, Thailand, in the southeast part of Asia and roughly the size of Texas with a population of about 70 million people; their average temperature is 88°. Tourism is big in Thailand and they export car engines, computers, fruit (mangoes) and gems (rubies). He had pictures of his family, with mom, dad, brother, sister and grandmother. His school is the largest in Bangkok with three years of middle school and three years of high school and about 5,000 students; they attend from 7:30-3:20 Monday – Friday, with the same schedule every day and physical education once or twice a week. He loves soccer, starting when he was about seven years old. Pun also likes cooking and showed pictures of his favorite Thai dishes: Khanom jean, green curry and boat noodles. His family likes to go every year to the two biggest festivals: the Songkran Water Festival which is three days in April and, because it’s very hot, they throw water on each other; and the Loy Krathong or Lantern Festival in November. Thanks, Pun, we enjoyed hearing more about your homeland.

Rotary flags from districts in Thailand - Pun's is in the center but the one on the right is from the same district.