Coming Home

It’s weird. I thought it would be more strange coming home. I didn’t experience any jet lag and so far there has been minor culture shock. Either the culture shock is slowly going to set in, or I have successfully integrated the Thai attitude into myself. I’m hoping it’s the latter.

I’m taking a couple of weeks to catch up with friends and get settled before I make any big decisions on what I plan to do next. I have a few ideas but absolutely no solid plans. It’s nice to have a great void of unknown in front of me. I hate routine and if given the option to peer into my future, I would decline. I don’t want to know what’s coming and ruin the surprise. I also don’t want to fall into a lifestyle that will likely look the same 10, 15, and 20 years from now. BUT, a person’s gotta make a living. I’m not anxious yet but ask me again in a couple of weeks.

Now that I’m home and in a stable environment with internet access, I can catch up on my blogging. I already have a list of 15+ topics that I’d like to write about. Hopefully you’ll be seeing a wave of new stuff soon!

Carpe Diem.

Sunset Dinners on the Beach

Sunset Dinners on the Beach

One of the things that never gets old for me is sitting out at night, in the comfortable heat of the tropics. It’s a novelty to me.

As a native to Seattle, night time means freezing cold weather that requires a down jacket, a scarf, and maybe gloves. Even in the Summer, a light jacket is usually needed. At least for me anyway…

Cheers to tropical weather and sunset dinners on the beach! ❤

An end to a journey

One week and counting. As of February 28th, I will have finished my teaching contract here in Thailand. I’ve had mixed feelings, but what I’ve felt most is relief. I think I’ve been ready to move on for a few weeks. Sure, I get bored with routines, and that’s part of it, but I am starting to get lonely. For the first couple months I was fine with being isolated. I was able to enjoy the peace and quite. But now, I really miss hanging out with friends or even just people my age who speak the same language. It looks like the end of my contract couldn’t have come at a better time. Exciting adventures lay ahead before I make my way home.

The day after I finish teaching I am taking off on a 6-week backpacking trip. I’ll spend a few days with friends on Koh Tao but after that, I’m on my own. The plan is to head South from Koh Tao to Krabi and Koh Phi Phi. After a week or so there, I will be heading to Malaysia to check out George Town and meet with a friend in Kuala Lumpar. If I’m lucky she’ll travel with me down to Melaka (Malacca) for a couple of days before I continue on down to Singapore.  From Singapore I’ll fly to Indonesia for close to 2 weeks. Lastly, I’ll fly back to Thailand to celebrated the annual Songkram festival with friends in Chiang Mai. It’ll be a long journey with lots of traveling but I’ve planned minimal to no activities. There’ll be plenty of time to relax. I look forward to meeting many other travelers along the way. 

Coming home is going to be rough but I look forward to assimilating my new perspectives and attitude to my life in the states. 

I’ll be sure to share my experiences and insights of the places I visit upon return home.

Here goes! 😀

Settling in in Bang Sapan Noi

My room at the Suan Anan resort in Bang Sapan Noi. My residence for the next  5-6 moths.

My room at the Suan Anan resort in Bang Sapan Noi. My residence for the next 5-6 moths.

This evening I took a short stroll on the beach here in Bangsapan Noi. My first day here, just 5 days ago, the beach was littered with heaps of trash for as far as I walked. Today, there was significantly less.  There wasn’t a soul in sight. It’s so nice to be somewhere so quiet.

Bangsapan Noi is a small town about 2 hours south of Hua Hin and 4 and a half hours south of Bangkok. I’ve come here to teach English at a private school. My first couple of days settling in to my surroundings was rough. I can’t communicate with the operators of the resort I’m living at so ordering food was a challenge. I couldn’t connect to the internet for the first few days which denied me the comforting and encouraging words of friends and family back home. I also had no one to simply complain to. Sometimes you just need to complain. I was confused, sick and uncomfortable, but this phase has slowly dissipated. My first few days at school were similar. Day 1, I figured out I do not get my own classroom as originally discussed on my initial visit to Bangsapan Noi. I was disappointed but now I’m perfectly fine with it. I like my current set up. I do however have a heavy class load and a wide range of ages. I teach Kindergarten through 6th grade. It makes for a lot of lesson planning every night.

Now that I’ve started to settle in, I think I’m absolutely going to enjoy my time here. I look forward to getting to know my resort “family” better. They have been so friendly and accommodating. I hope when the time comes for me to leave that I can do something nice for them to show my gratitude. Here’s to hoping I can learn more Thai so we can communicate better!