06.12.2015 - 08.12.2015 93 °F
We are currently at rest on the private roof-top patio at our apartment. Earlier we learned that navigating in Bangkok is not for the faint of heart! Luckily our host, Surat, has helped us find our way around, and more importantly, our way back to his place by speaking to our cab drivers over the phone in Thai. He even offered us his scooter to get around on, but we declined; after seeing how people drive around here, we are glad we didn't accept.
We don't think it's quite sunk in yet that we are on the other side of the globe. If it weren't for our visit to Wat Pho and our complete lack of a Thai vocabulary, it has at times felt like we are in some secret corner of NYC. The past 48 hours has been a whirlwind - over 20 practically sleepless hours on three different planes that somehow went surprisingly fast, haggling for an ancient cell phone in a humongous mall so we can make local calls, and finally getting out to experience a different way of life.
We'll be back and forth from this city a few times, but tomorrow we have an early afternoon flight up to Chaing Mai in northern Thailand. It will be much more laid back and pastoral up there, which we're both looking forward to. We've got lots planned so be on the lookout for photos of baby elephants and tips on how to make coconut soup!