Eliot Lincoln

 Thailand

Hometown: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
School: Florida Southwestern Collegiate
Sponsor District : District 6960
Sponsor Club: , Florida
Host District: 3330
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Nakhon Si Thammarat


My Bio


Sawadee krap! Hello! My name is Eliot Lincoln; I am a fifteen year old 9th grader from Fort Myers /Fort Myers Beach Florida. Thailand has similar weather to Florida, so I won’t have to buy cold weather clothes! I come from a large extended loving family who all live far away but get together for reunions. My older brother and I go back and forth between two homes. My dad’s home is on a busy beach island, and my mother’s home is in a nice apartment complex with a workout gym. I love animals—between both houses I have four cats and one dog. Some of my other interests are soccer, tae kwon do, board games, and being outdoors. I have been doing magic tricks since age 7, when I was inspired by my cousin, a professional magician in New York City. I am also serious about my primary sport, fencing. I have been fencing since 4th grade. I am hoping I might learn Muay Thai in Thailand. Most of all, though, I am looking forward to learning a new way of life from a very different people. I love being an adventurer, and I love making friends of people very different from myself. I feel like fencing and magic and going to a different country all share something in common—providing a competitive challenge while making lifelong friends. I can’t wait.

Me and my host mom

Me and my host mom

Me and my host sisters

Me and my host sisters

My 2nd host dad

My 2nd host dad

My first host parents

My first host parents

This was one of the cliffs we traveled to

This was one of the cliffs we traveled to

This was the Cartoon Network water park we went to

This was the Cartoon Network water park we went to

This was the sign at base camp saying "you made it!"

This was the sign at base camp saying "you made it!"

This was a temple from Cambodia, truly an amazing sight

This was a temple from Cambodia, truly an amazing sight

Journals: Eliot-Thailand Blog 2017-18

  • Eliot, Outbound to Thailand

    I just got back from my second trip. It was truly an amazing experience, not only did I get to see many of my friends again but the trip in and of itself was truly spectacular. This journal is going to be more about my second trip then my feelings on being in Thailand, so if you are reading to know what I think about Thailand then maybe this is not the journal you should read. So, all the exchange students met up at Bangkok the first day. Then the next day we woke up early and it was cold, for Thailand at least. We stopped for breakfast, and then around 8 am we arrived at the base camp of Phu Kradueng. Going up the mountain was a 5 kilometer climb and then, once at the top it is a 3 kilometer walk to the base camp. It took me around 3 hours to make the climb and I was exhausted. I was so tired from the climb when I arrived I took a nap right on the grass. The next day me and about half of the exchange students walked 10 kilometers to see some amazing cliffs, and then we walked all the way back. At this point my legs were completely dead and the worst part was knowing I had to climb down. The fourth day we all hiked down and I was so sore. Then we switched buses and headed to Maha Sarakarm. We had a Christmas party there, even though it was the 26th. The reason for this was no one was willing to carry all the presents up the mountain, so we did it the night we got back. We all had someone who we needed to get a gift for, and I really enjoyed it. The next day we traveled to the biggest elephant village in the world, but it was sad, because we could see how baldy they treated the elephants. Then we went to the Aranya Prathet/ Poipet crossing market, where we look through the shops. We got to the hotel right near the border of Cambodia. Then, we crossed over the border and headed to Siam-Reab Cambodia. The next day, we saw the amazing temples of Angkor Complex. I felt so lucky to be able to see one of the wonders of the world. It was breath taking to see what the people could build during the 12th century AD. Then we went back to the hotel and slept. The next day we spent most of the day traveling to Pattaya, and waiting at the border crossing. Once we got to Pattaya it was New Years, and we had a little Rotary celebration. Then the last day of the trip, we went to a huge water park. It was fun, and it reminded me of the water parks in Orlando. The next day we all went back home, and for me that meant a 16-hour ride back to Nakkon Si Thammarat, where I arrived at 4 in the morning.

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  • Eliot, Outbound to Thailand

    So far I have been here 4 months and I have just switched host families. It has been a big change not just in families but also in location. My first host family was really far away from the city in the middle of nature. Now that I moved I realize how much I miss that, those peaceful bike rides through the woods. Luckily, I can still go there on the weekends if I miss it too much. In the city everything is so close, but it is always busy. My host families are also completely different. My first host family was in a big house where it was only me, my host mom and host dad. Most of the time my host dad was out working so it was just me and my host mom. It felt sorta lonely until I went out exploring. I feel that my new host family is completely opposite. I live with my host mom, dad, sisters, grandmas, and grandpas. It is a big family in an average house. So there is always something going on or something to do. Also, you can take the buses pretty much anywhere. I feel that since I have been in Thailand I have changed so much. I remember at the airport when I first arrived, how I acted and who I was. I had somewhat low confidence but I would try to hide that by trying to be funny or just acting along. Now I have a lot more confidence and because I am not spending my energy to try to hide that I and a lot happier as a person. I have been pushed so far out of my comfort zone that now I have a completely different view of not only myself but the world around me. What I would say pushed me the farthest out of my comfort zone is the people. I am always being stared at. It starts from the moment I walk outside, everyone is looking all the way until I get home after school. Now, I don't mind it, but it made me feel like I was always being watched. The part of me that was trying to hide my low confidence could not keep up with being watched 24/7, so when my low confidence did show, it made me realize no one cared. No one was judging me, everyone accepted me as who I was. So because of that my confidence in myself grew a lot. At school I still sometimes feel lonely because everyone talks so fast. By the time I understand one thing, another thing has been said. So I am always one sentence behind. I can understand but I can't add my thoughts so even though they are my friends I feel lonely and left out at school sometimes. That feeling has pushed me in trying to learn more Thai, and I believe will really help me push past the learning curve. All in all, I am so glad I have gone on exchange. Like anything challenges have been presented and I have had to overcome and adapt to them and the culture. As a result of that as a person I have changed for the better. The most exciting thing is I am just half way through, and I know I will still change much more in the next few months.

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  • Eliot, Outbound to Thailand

    September 5, 2017

    It has been a little less than a month here in Thailand, and what can I say but WOW! It feels like almost a year already, I have already learned so much and have grown as a person I couldn’t be happier. But, let me start at the beginning. Getting on the plane, the moment when I left my parents, I left my comfort zone. That moment was one if not the hardest moments of my life. On the plane, I slept most of the time. After all it was a 25-hour flight, but when I wasn’t sleeping I was thinking about my friends and family I left behind, until I got to Thailand, the moment I arrived I was confused. My parents took off my phone number so I couldn’t call them for help (which in my opinion was a good thing), all I knew was I had to meet them after I got off my flight, and if I couldn’t find them to meet them at the Starbucks on the second floor. The issue was that I didn’t know where my bags were, if the Starbucks was on the second floor before immigration or af ter immigration, I didn’t know if I had all the right paper work. So, I asked someone and they said the Starbucks is on the other side of immigration, so that is where I went. The person hardly spoke English, so I didn’t even know if he knew what I was asking. The line for immigration was 1 hour long which doesn’t seem like a long time, but trust me with a heavy computer bag and an 11-hour jet lag it is a long time. Finally, I got up to the front and gave the guy my passport, he said something in Thai and I just stood there and then he stamped my passport and nodded his head. So, I got my bags and luckily the people who picked me up were right there, the next day I flew to Nakkon Si Tammarat, with another exchange student named Elliot (which by the way I’m good friends with), and we got a huge welcome.

    That is just one of my many adventures, and I just got to Thailand. I have done so many new things, like go to a waterfall and catch a fish in my shirt, I am very proud of that because my host sister named Mui said no one could. I have fed some monkeys bananas, I have eaten so much that I thought I would never be hungry again, I have gone to a beach right next to a mountain, which is one of the most beautiful sights ever. I have also made a ton of new friends and every day I fall in love with Thai culture more and more.

    My host family is everything I could have asked for and more, I call my host dad Pa, and my host mom Me, I have 2 host sisters. My host sister’s names are Mui and Lin. Then also living near us is my host uncles and aunts, as well as grandparents.

    School is fun, it is the largest school I have ever been in consisting of 2,900 students, but they all seem to love to call my name and wave hi. I don’t mind it though, it is sort of funny how everyone always wants to talk to you, it is like just because you are from a different country you are popular. I do have a lot of friends that help me learn Thai. If I had one thing that I should have done it is learn a lot more Thai. I was under the impression that once you are in a country you just wake up one day and know the language. It isn’t like that, you have to put in the work, it doesn’t matter where you are if you don’t try to learn you won’t. I am placed in a scenario where I have to learn, my host dad and mom don’t speak any English, and my host sisters are away in other countries right now. So, I had to learn to communicate, also my friends speak very little English so I just always try to speak Thai. Trust me there are some days my brain hurts , and others where I will think a sentence in English but use Thai words without knowing. I am putting in the work now, but I wish I put more work in before coming here.

    All in all, I am doing great. I do miss my family and friends and I have had to face that fact many times. But I try not to think of them and only on the positives in Thailand, of course there are some things I don’t like here but that is nothing more than my ignorance of living in a different culture. Such as I don’t like picking out bones from my food, but that is because I never had to before. I love the people, they are so nice and always smiling, and I can’t wait to be here for 9 more months. I live in the middle of a ton of nature far from the city, and Thailand has the most beautiful nature I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself taking that for granted, but then I look around and ask myself if I was in Florida and I saw this what would I say and the answer is always the same. Thailand is beautiful both culturally and physically, and I would never ask to have my exchange in another country.

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