My fiance, Chris, and I met while serving in Thailand as Teacher Collaboration and Community Outreach Volunteers from 2008-2010. While in the Peace Corps, Chris began studying Buddhism & meditation at a local temple and ordained as a monk during a school break. This photo was taken at his ordination ceremony. Before Thai men marry they are supposed to become monks, so I am performing the standard girlfriend task of holding the special pillow he will sleep on during his monkhood.
-RPCV Natalie Kalish, Thailand