I am back to the land of smiles and I am back to the jet lag, the lovely roosters playing their symphony at 4 am in the morning, and the mosquitoes who really seem to have missed us.
And yet, I am kind of cool with it all, which is a new one for me. I look into the reasons for this newfound calmness and I realize it is a matter of expectations, of coming here knowing fully well what is waiting for me. Some things I like, some things I don´t, but the undeniable fact is that they are as they are and there is little I can do about it.
There are mosquitoes, roosters, 24 by 7 construction work, traffic, dirt, chaos and many people. And yet, there is so much beauty too, so many things I already love so fiercely.
Which I why I decided today is the day to list the top five things I love about Thailand right now, ordered by importance to me.
1. Massage: no doubts here, you cannot beat a culture where massage is considered a preventive health treatment and where you can have a really good therapeutic one hour massage in a lovely place for under 10 euros. I could have one every day!
2. The food: the variety, availabilty and quality of food in Thailand is tantalizing and never ending. I have been in love with Thai food for years and now that I live here this love keeps growing. The only thing better than eating Thai food? Cooking and then eating it, mmmmm, I swear this is food that heals.
3. The people: people are just amazing here. It is not only how often and sincerely they smile but how much they want to help you, how polite they are and how well organized. There is an incredibly strong sense of community which translates into a powerful and yet subtle order of things. I have learned f I manage to just relax and enjoy, everything will work out at the end.
4. Nature: flowers, fruits, plants, woods, rice fields, mountains, islands, beaches, you name it. Nature is just gorgeous and magnificent here, superlative. I just need to get out of Bangkok or go to one of the few but lovely parks or plant nurseries you can find in the city. Five minutes and I feel in peace with the world again.
5. The roofs: ok, this one is for Bangkok only but … it is one of my favourites. For me, life is on the roofs here 🙂 From swanky bars to amazing and serene gardens, all the noise, traffic and dirt of the city disappears the moment I look at it from the 15th, 40th or 51st floor. We have a little roof top at home with a lovely wild garden which soon became my favourite place to relax, recharge and connect with nature.
And that´s my two cents. Off to the food market now, one of the advantages of jet lag and lack of sleep is that you can catch the market at its best at 6 am in the morning 😉