Met with the cooking class just before 9. 4 Germans, 2 French Canadians and 1 Korean, so the school must be well known internationally, or at least by hotels that do bookings. Our teacher is Jay who is a hilarious man, giving us fun ways to remember foods we’re not used to—pandan think of Panda but end with N; Thai turnip think of titanic, etc.

We picked up all the ingredients and went to the shop. Me and the Korean had to take the poop out of shrimp while others cut chicken, trimmed veggies or skinned shallots.

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First we made Pad Thai, then spring rolls then fried bananas then papaya salad then curry paste and curry. Really the fried banana we didn’t make and the papaya salad was a group effort. Lots of mashing. I need a mortar. Thai garlic you don’t skin. If you cannot find the flour use all purpose.

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Next I took the sky train for 28 bhat to National Monument and went into Tokyu thinking it was MRT. Security check to get inside the mall! Eventually found my way into MRT and sent 3 postcards from the cooking school not much to see in the mall unless you plan on buying souvenirs which I didn’t. Got a free shirt though, for  checking my bag and flying AirAsia.

Walked to the hotel, Bangkok Center, which was terrible–the map didn’t show how far it was! Almost got ill. Finally found it. Nice place (even though it wasn’t when we went back). Wandered for 20 minutes and then met Regina, my roomie.

After meeting up with my GAdventures tour group we got dinner at a Thai place for 114 bhat of lime juice and fried rice with vegetables. Started to rain so no one went out but some of us stayed down for drinks. Fun. No more hot water though…

Woke up at 6:00 today to be ready at 6:40 after breakfast. Decent breakfast.

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