So here I am sooo stuffed full of food, we have just come back from a full day Thai cooking class, which involved so much rice and noodles I don’t think I can bear to eat any in the next few days. I don’t understand how they can eat rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner here! We have been away for just over two weeks now, and while that doesn’t sound like a long time, to me it feels like a lot more than that, although not in a bad way! We have certainly done a lot in that amount of time, we are now in Chiang Mai, our sixth destination, where we are spending a week, which we 100% need after all the travelling around we have done. But I feel like I have learnt a few things already about travelling South East Asia that I wanted to share with you…
First things first, 7-Elevens! I wish we had these back home! If you don’t know what they are, they’re pretty much a chain of corner shops that are really cheap and absolutely everywhere. Our hostel has never been more than 3-4 minutes away from one. You can even buy toasties or pot noodle things and they prepare them for you, amazing! Although whenever you buy any kind of drink they try to give you a plastic straw to drink it with, even a bottle of water. It is the same everywhere, if you thought the UK had a problem that is nothing to the amount of plastic straws that get consumed in Thailand!
Of course a lot of the food is very cheap, but I am definitely happiest that they have ice cream here too, and at such low prices! I’m pretty sure I had one the other day for 25p, so I may have been having one most days. I’ve even had one for breakfast, I don’t even feel bad about it.
Before we left I had planned out which make up I was going to take, and bought new items that were more travel friendly. However I have since realised that was totally pointless, as I have hardly worn any. Partially due to the fact that I would just sweat it all off anyway, but actually not many people do wear it here, and I am loving it and totally embracing it! Speaking of sweat, I have accepted that if I spend anytime outside of an air conditioned building it is going to happen. But it is normal here, for us Westerners anyway, and I am gladly welcoming the cooler air in the Northern parts of Thailand! You just have to hope you don’t end up trying to trek to the top of a waterfall, that no one warned you would involve basically rock climbing over massive slippery boulders. Then having to take off your shoes as you have to walk through parts of the waterfall, to then just give up and walk all the way back down. My top was literally drenched in sweat, I had to buy a new one to wear for the rest of the day. Not cute.
Ever since we got here, it feels like I’ve been the number 1 mosquito target, they’ve been spreading the word that I’m fresh meat to their mosquito buddies. I think everyday I get at least two new bites, whereas Jack has hardly got any. We went to an insect museum yesterday, and was a bit creeped out by all the paintings of the family who had created the museum as painted with them were mosquitos, like members of the family. We left feeling a bit weird.
So those are my findings so far, nothing too deep. If I ever start going on about how I’ve “found myself” whilst I’ve been travelling, please tell me to shut up!