We've spent the first couple of days becoming acclimated to our surroundings. The 15 hours time difference left us feeling sleep deprived, but we've pretty much adjusted. That was some serious jet lag!
This post is about first impressions and I'm going
to list them in no particular order; they are just things that struck
me while familiarizing ourselves to what is going to be our home and
neighborhood for the next six weeks.
about the humidity that I'd heard so much about, it was a very pleasant
surprise to find that the weather is about as close to perfect as a
place can be. The days are warm, but not excessively so. There is
nearly always a cooling breeze blowing and the famed humidity has not
yet made an appearance. Keep in mind, it is December here. I imagine
that it may very well be quite a different story in August.
is a place of contrasts. The wonderful aroma of Thai street food
mingles with the occasional whiff of sewage from under the sidewalks.
Run down apartments sit side by side with luxury condominiums and
dressed working people dodge beggars on the sidewalks. Feral street
dogs roam in search of food. School children in crisp uniforms play on
school playgrounds during recess. Massive shopping malls with
every kind of merchandise imaginable are filled with shoppers both Thai
The roads, especially the freeways, are
well maintained while walking down the sidewalk can seem like navigating
an obstacle course.
Traffic is heavy 24 hours per day. Drivers patiently wait out snarled traffic jams which occur on a daily basis.
is a place of sensory perception from the carts full of colorful
produce and flowers to the incredibly delicious food prepared by the
street vendors. A wonderful meal can be had for less than 100 baht / $3
we were out walking on our first day here, I couldn't help but notice
this jumble of telephone wires. To my eyes it looks like a chaotic maze
of tangled cable, but it is a system that works and the people
responsible for the installation can make perfect sense of it.
is a place of noise from traffic, buildings under construction, music
from the many bars and the sing song rhythm of people speaking in Thai.
Plants and flowers are lush and green. Tucked down side alleys one
might find a fortune teller, tailor, produce stand, a five seat bar and a
fabulous place to eat.
It is a place that is full of surprises. It is alive. I think we are going to like it here.