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You've been in Thailand too long when... Part I

You know you've been in Thailand too long when...
you forget just how bad fish sauce smells.

I'm teaching taste words (sweet, sour, salty and spicy) to my P4 class in 15 mins. The children are going to be asked to taste things, guess what they are, and then talk about how they taste.

I went to the school's kitchen earlier, and collected the things that I was going to use - sugar, vinegar, chilli pepper and fish sauce. I walked back into the teachers room to be greeted by 'get that stuff out of here. It f**king stinks.'

I had no idea what the guys were talking about. I thought that they meant the vinegar, so I moved it away from them. 'Not that' one of them said. He pointed at the fish sauce. 'That thing. I can't stand fish sauce. Get it away from me.'

There isn't even that much of it, only a couple of teaspoons worth but no one will let me keep it in the room. It's now sat on a tray outside the office, waiting for some kids to kick it over (probably...) or for me to go and pick it up.

I'm now choking on the smell of mosquito repellant and air freshner (the only 2 aerosols we had in the room.) The others must have been really desperate to disguise the smell. The mosquito repellant stinks.


I've just finished teaching my class, (I wrote the first bit over an hour ago) and some of my kids complained about the smell too. Now I'm wondering... Am I the only person here who doesn't think that fish sauce smells bad ?



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