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Today was the last day of the Songkran festival, however the man with the truck wasn’t able to take us into town for it. An Australian man showed up at the farm. It was nice to have someone here who speaks fluent English, and even better with it being someone with an Aussie accent. I didn’t realize how much I missed New Zealand until I heard him talk. He asked me if I wanted to go into town this evening. I thought he just needed something at the store, but once we got in, typical Australian was looking for somewhere to have a drink. I don’t really care for drinking, I like ciders and I’ve only recently begun to tolerate some beer. However, I’ve never met an Aussie or Kiwi I didn’t like and I thoroughly enjoyed his company. He is very nice and of course has a good smile and sense of humor, as it seems all people down under do. Once we found a place to get a beer he ordered for us and they brought us a big beer and cups of ice, which they continued to refill for us. Even though I don’t drink much, the cold beer was more refreshing than I had anticipated after the long hot day and I felt relaxed. We had to basically yell over the loud music playing to hear each other, but I found out he owns a farm in Australia and takes WWOOFers.  After two beers he wanted to go to the next place over and we continued to drink another two. Since I rarely drink I’m a total lightweight and was beginning to feel tipsy fast. We wanted some food and the owner of the restaurant happened to speak a little English. He helped us to order and proceeded to ask us where we were from and what we were doing in Phrao. I think he was also a bit drunk, he and some other people were drinking whiskey. We ended up talking to him for a while and apparently his daughter is going to university in Australia. He has gone a few times and was talking about how it was difficult for him to communicate there because in Thailand the tone in which you say a word deciphers the word you are saying. He was talking about how confused he was because of the accent Aussie’s have. The way he imitated them was hilarious, at first I didn’t totally understand what he was talking about but once I realized I was dying laughing. The Australian man I was with thought it was great too and admitted that they do have quite the “twang”. I enjoyed the ride home on the back of his moped. I love riding on mopeds through Thailand, the wind feels so good on your face and it just makes you feel so free. The evenings and nights here are so pleasant it makes you forget all about the heat of the day, until it becomes the heat of the day again. I hope I can come back in the wintertime when it’s nicer. 

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