Monday (Jan.4th) was orientation at Chula, which was basically about a half hour overview of the program, a few videos on the ISE program that looked like they had been directed by George Lucas, and then an hour about how Chula can hook us up with internships, cooking classes and other free stuff. We met the other exchange students – five from Finland with names I can’t pronounce, and Maxime from France.
After the orientation lunch three thai students showed us around. We went to the shopping malls and got our uniforms. They barely had anything in my size (not surprised). To try on clothes we used giant skirts instead of changing rooms. After getting uniforms we took a tour of the Siam shopping complex and then got treated to second lunch.
(I should mention that all Thais refer to themselves by a nickname other than their real name. Nozomi picked “Noz”. The rest of us still need one.)
Highlight of the day: wicked cool shopping carts that move in all directions.