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!
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! ❤
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! 😀
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!