Tee is an interesting mix of east meets west. He grew up in the jungles of northern Thailand in an isolated farming village with no electricity or running water and moved to Chiang Mai, one of the largest cities in Thailand, about 8 years ago where he has worked almost every job under the sun. He learned English from British backpackers so his English is more “proper” than mine; he is great at the accent game and knows phrases in numerous languages, which always impresses the French. He also is a world news junkie and constantly stumps me with questions about American landmarks and geography. With his quick jokes, huge tattoo, and pierced ear, sometimes I forget his roots and then he will say or do something that reminds me I married a jungle boy.
Here is a little insight into the mind, body, and soul of the man I married.
After exploring the food options in one small town in Laos, Tee reported, “If you want to eat rat, come to Laos” in his best tour guide voice as if he was reading that sentence straight out of a Lonley Planet guidebook.
I don’t think the Laos tourism board will be knocking on our door anytime soon.