What day is it today? Where am I? Why is it so $#%& hot??!!
Yesterday went past in a blur caused by jet lag and the introduction to life in Bangkok. We woke up relatively early and enjoyed a peaceful morning at Janel’s house. We took a very short walk down tree-lined streets to her favorite “coffee lady” where we had the absolute BEST iced coffee I have ever had. A person could get seriously hooked on this stuff. I really didn’t watch the process of making it because I was already in sensory overload. It came to us in little plastic baggies with a straw (as are served most drinks on the street). Sinful.
Carlos and Janel do a fantastic job of being able to ask for what they want and communicating in general. Rich and I were totally at a loss. I am not sure we could navigate on our own around here. We have certainly traveled to many places where English was not the native language, but somehow it feels different here. I have never visited a place where I felt like I couldn’t even say “hello” or “please and thank you” or “Where is the bathroom???” Very strange feeling. I suppose it is because in say France or Spain or Italy the language is all Latin-based and you can sometimes get close to the word you want to say. Here – I can’t even guess what any of the signs say.
Did I mention how HOT it is??? Oh sure – we live in Arizona where it gets pretty hot. But this is nothing like our heat. This is STEAMY. Janel says you get used to it.
After the overload of the market we decide to head into “town” (Bangkok proper) and Janel negotiates the BTS – metro system. We wind up at one of her favorite places – Lhimpini Park. It is an oasis in the middle ot the bustling city. Wandering around this beautiful park is Janel’s idea to “ease” us into the city. We finally come to a spot where Janel says there are lizards and we begin to look for them. I think I am looking for some small creature or maybe even an iguana-type animal. But then out of the lake comes this huge monitor lizard!
Time to try and head back home to change for dinner. Easier said than done. It was now around 6pm and traffic was decidedly thick. Janel attempts to get a taxi and gets turned down 3 times! I don’t understand how they can refuse to take you – they are at a dead standstill with no passenger and they would rather tell you “no” than accept a fare? Oh well, we walked a few blocks and were finally successful with getting a taxi. However it really didn’t matter since it took us almost an hour to drive a few km. . . Traffic is a nightmare.
We quickly showered, changed and headed back into traffic gridlock to get to a wine tasting that Janel had been invited to. It was a very cool setting with interesting people. We sat around nibbling and drinking wine and then after 10 we retired upstairs to the Nest. The Nest is a rooftop bar/restaurant with a great view over Bangkok. We relaxed with new friends and hung out for a bit until we all were about to drop from exhaustion. A short cab ride later we were home again and passed out in our beds.
I am not sure what is on the agenda for today, but I know we can’t spend every day like the last one! It is great just hanging out with Janel and Carlos and I can’t wait to see what happens today.