mom24 suggested i make a list of things we were glad to get back to since we’ve returned to thailand. and i think that’s a brilliant idea – so that’s just what i’m gonna do.
and topping that list is our own beds. how lovely it is to sleep in our own beds – even if my mattress is all lumpy and bumpy because it’s really a box spring.
eating out for about $1us each. and not off a .99 menu. today aly had khao soi and a coke, sam had a burger and fries and lemonade, and i had soft tofu and pork soup and lemonade.
house help. who this week brought a thai dish for me to try. one i’ve never had or heard of and i can’t remember the name, but it was lovely. i think i’m gonna ask her to teach me how to make it.
familiar faces. we ran into friends in the airport in bangkok and we were all on the same flight to chiang mai, seated a row apart. it was a nice way to return. and it’s not at all uncommon for us to run into at least one person we know when we are out and about. while we were in the states we saw many familiar faces. but often it was more do a double take and try to place where we knew them from…
our neighborhood 20baht pad thai vendor. who, while we were gone, expanded the stall and has given it an official name with a placard and all. it’s now an international restaurant with a much broader option of stir fry thai foods. i’m sure the choices that make it international are coming.
massages. not that i couldn’t get one in the states, but… i couldn’t get one for about $5us.
wawee coffee. beautiful coffees. better and cheaper than starbucks. really.
the new school year. all the kids were glad to be back. even if sam caught swine flu (which we won’t ever know since i didn’t have him tested.)
thai lessons. my tutor showed up bright and early monday morning. i was totally unprepared, but hadn’t forgotten as much as i thought.
transportation. our own car. and there are tuk tuks and songthaews.