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We must all be earthworms before we can be lions: Myanmar’s struggle for transition.

Sook

“… And then you have to tell us what animal you’d like to be and why.” This question is part of the opening exercise of today’s class “Communication for change”. It is in part an icebreaker and an exercise in speaking English – but the real aim is to get to know each other better from the choice of animal.

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Point and smile

Point and smile at Thai food market.

Sook

I wish I was more eloquent in the Thai language by now. Because I am not. I’ve been in Thailand a little over 2 months. As I used to be quite apt at learning foreign languages, I just assumed picking up basic Thai would come easier than it is. But maybe I’ve reached my limit with four (Western European) languages under my belt or maybe tonal languages are not for me. Luckily, although it is always fun to speak another language, there are other ways to communicate.

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Asian football fever – Euro 2012

Davey Meelker

“Sports brings people together” is often said. This doesn’t only count for people actually playing the sport. Likewise, it isn’t even limited by the fact that your team or country is participating the games, I recently found out. Asia is infected by the European Championship fever.

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Eco-Buddhism countering deforestation

Sanne van Oosten

When staring out of the window on the trip from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand I couldn’t help but noticing oddly accessorized trees. We came past a forest in which saffron robes were tied to every single tree we passed. I soon found out that I was not looking at a forest of trees, but at a forest of officially ordained monks. Let me explain.

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