Since living in Thailand
After four months it feels quite normal, but looking back, it felt so very different for awhile.
- •Wet bathroomThe shower is not seperate. The shower gets the toilet wet. It has the potential to reach the toilet paper & the towels. Also, no water heaters except for on-demand!
- •Driving on the leftI had no idea of this when I arrived. All of the sudden, we were riding a motorbike daily & on the wrong side of the road. It was harder than it might seem.
- •Color-coded days of the weekSo. As a teacher, we coordinate with the rest of the faculty to match every day of the week. (In case you're curious: Monday - red & white; Tuesday - purple; Wednesday - blue for women, khaki for men; Thursday - this weird green, teal? color; Friday - Lanna, native style) And some holidays, we all need to be in other colors, such as yellow for the King's birthday & such.
- •Horse hair broomIt's like gathering your own hair & sweeping the ground with the tips. But strangely... Effective.
- •Straight changeYou pay what you think you'll pay. No tax.
- •Thai tattoosIt's a sign of your assimilation. A Thai tattoo is gained by burning yourself on a motorbike muffler & wearing it with pride, the stamp of a traveler. Most often found on the inside of the right calf, as in the U.S.
- •WeiI am a lover of the wei. No handshaking, no awkward hug. Just a simple gesture to show your respect & understanding of those you see throughout the day.
- •The teeth of childrenPeople understand that the teeth of children don't last forever... so they allow them to rot until black, & THEN they start caring about dental health. (So in short, first grade is sometimes frightening.)
- •Get by with a little help (from yourself)You would be surprised by how far a little effort on your part will get you. Learn a little Thai, make a dozen new friends a week. Buy your fruits from the same locals for a month, see their farm the next. Reach out. Put intention into your actions. Be astonished.