Going back to North America is bittersweet. Leaving Thailand will be hard, mainly because of the friends we’ve made here. Other than the wonderful people, however, there is a lot of Thailand that we won’t miss (sorry, Thailand!). Here are some things that I am very much looking forward to. This list is in no particular order, except that all of these things come after family, friends, Whole Foods, and the Pacific Ocean:
- Seat belts. Ah, to hear that satisfying click once again and feel somewhat safe in a quickly moving vehicle!
- Tap water. Oh to drink the water that comes out of the faucet without the fear of a stomach bug or heavy metals!
- Grocery store chitchat. I know I should know more Thai by now, but I don’t, and I cannot wait to say more to the grocery clerk than, “I do not want a bag,” “This is heavy!” and “I do not have a member card.”
- Non-nut healthy snacks. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good nut. But I’m really excited about kale chips and fancy-organic-yet-still-processed-but-not-really-junk-food snacks that don’t have nasty preservatives or added sugars!
- A stable government. You go right ahead, Americans and Canadians, and complain about your corrupt governments, but I’m going to delight in the lack of attempted coups and shutdown roads!
- Cooler weather. I may freeze, but temperatures under 90F sound blissful.
- Running far outside. I’ve got a treadmill on the 5th floor and a few decent parks to run in, but nothing like the Iron Horse Trail or the Los Gatos Creek Trail or Stanley Park. I can’t wait to train for my marathon out in the fresh air for longer than a few laps around a manmade pond.
I hope this post doesn’t come off too negative. There are many things to love about Thailand, but there are some magical things I can’t wait to experience again back on my home continent!