On Sunday my family threw a welcome home shindig for me out at the farm. My mom whipped up 3 delicious fruit pies (boysenberry and strawberry rhubarb) that disappeared so quickly I never got a slice. My sister made trays of cream puffs stuffed with a strawberry cream made with her homemade strawberry freezer jam (aka the best jam on the planet). Sticking with the fruit theme I dipped dozens of fresh picked strawberries in chocolate. Our family and friends rounded out the spread with other baked goodies and delicious snacks.
Throughout the afternoon I had fun fielding questions from various friends and family members. In case you are curious, here are some of their questions and my responses.
Am I experiencing culture shock after being gone so long? A little bit. The pace of life seems much faster, air conditioned air seems way colder, grocery stores seem even more sterile, and I am not used to all the cars. I like the convenience of using my credit card for everything again as cash is king in SE Asia. I miss our motorbike and I don’t even convert prices to Thai baht because it would give me a heart attack.
How did I meet Tee? He worked at the first guesthouse I stayed at in Chiang Mai.
What do I do all day? Most recently we were living in Chiang Mai and I was taking 3 hours of Thai lessons a day and doing yoga daily. Between the actual classes and the time it takes to walk to them I stayed busy most of the day. Prior to that we were traveling.
What type of place do you live in? We live in a typical Thai guesthouse. We rent a small furnished room with a bathroom for $70 a month. Yes, we have hot water and a western toilet, but no kitchen, living room, dining room, or garage.
What Thai food do you cook? I don’t cook at all. The room that we rent is not equipped with a kitchen so we live like many urban Thai’s and eat out for every meal. Our landlord does our laundry as well.
When is the best time of year to visit Thailand?
My favorite months are from August till about February. March and April are very hot and smoky and I have not experienced May-July yet.
What’s next? Great question. When I return to Thailand, Tee is meeting me in Bangkok and we are heading south to Koh Tao. This will be my first trip south of BKK and my first trip to the islands. After that, India, maybe?
After a few days at the farm with family and friends I am back in Winters getting ready for the BIG Day of Giving.