Our word for the post is very appropriately one of thanks.
Over three months from the last post, I am safely in Thailand and filled with gratitude. It’s close to 8am, as I sit in my friend’s breezy kitchen, as she chops unfamiliar vegetables into a pot and my fiance makes coffee. The commotion and closeness to people I cherish leaves a sense of peace.
The months leading up to the move were hectic but so much of it was also spent with loved ones, that I am so grateful. I had many wonderful meals, one-on-one, with friends, full of deep conversations. I’d hope that everyone is also able to share in such great conversations, as if the pending separation lead to a more open sharing of ideas and thoughts. They were truly fantastic!
A dear friend and coworker also hosted a going away party that brought together tons of fantastic people, allowing me to get in all of my final hugs (and some tears) before leaving. All of the prep work put into the party by a wonderful few and the presence of those who came to the party were the perfect send-off.
So now, here we are in Thailand, adjusting to the time change and falling in love with all manner of Thai food. Yesterday, we traveled to the Or Tor Kor Market for our first meal. Our eyes and noses were filled with such wonderful new sights and smells.
I also learned that all things familiar to me from the US can not hold a candle to the new delicious flavors to discover, like this amazing salad, filled with complex and delicious spicy flavors:
So thank you to everyone for their words of safe travel and all of the time spent with me! More updates and new sights to follow!