We've been in this dorm-style house for three days now, and on the first day we had a ridiculously long class outside by the river. Halfway through, a raft full of Thais go past and scream "Hello! Hello! Where are you from?!" When we yelled back "America!" they all tittered and waved and all yelled "I love you!"
Then yesterday morning, we were waiting to get into the national park, and were surrounded by trucks filled with Thais. We stopped for a bit next to one truck, who began to greet us. "Hello! Nice to meet you!" they said. "Where are you from?"
"America!" of course was the answer back. They had the same jubilant response, but this time yelled, "OBAMA! OBAMA!"
And that, my friends, is what you call international relations.