Asia Travel

Toto We Are Not In Kansas Anymore

Chapter Five

Location: Thailand

It’s been a week today since I dragged my exhausted, shingled self off the plane in Bangkok. It seems like a lifetime ago. I barely remember the three days we spent in Bangkok as I was still highly medicated for the shingles and suffering jet lag.

A week later I am feeling much more like myself, even though my shingles still present themselves particularly when it is humid. My eye remains swollen but my vision is not impaired and for that I am grateful.

Meanwhile a busy Thai life swirls around me and I try to adjust to it. Toto we are not in Kansas anymore.

The Airbnb we are in is nice but a bit quirky. Three stories with very steep stairs; I avoid going to the kitchen on the first floor from our bedroom on the third. If you can actually call it a kitchen; in the Thai style it’s a space attached to the building which is more like an outdoor lean-too. One burner, rice cooker, microwave and a sink. Not in Kansas IMG_7995anymore.

But honestly why would I cook when prepared food is abundant, delicious and cheap. Incredibly cheap, both on the street and in a sit down restaurant. Dinner for three – $20. Not in Kansas anymore.

Finding our way around the lovely city of Chiang Mai has been relatively easy. Mostly we walk. We have used Uber a couple times and taken the incredibly abundant tuk tuks.  Dane and Arne rented a scooter one day.  Also unique to this town are the red canopied trucks with bench seats in the back. These take the place of taxis in Chiang Mai for some reason. Not in Kansas anymore.

As my health improves I’m ready to start running again. I haven’t run for nearly a month. Yesterday I began doing my morning yoga stretches again and I started planking once again.  I want this in my life, to keep me relaxed and healthy. And yet settling in to a routine with so much new and stimulating things around me will take more time.  Not in Kansas anymore.

I hope our next Airbnb in Phuket will offer more space to put our clothes. I’d like to fully unpack and feel settled. But so far we have not been able to. No drawers and just a tiny closet. Not in Kansas anymore.

Chiang Mai offers a lot of fun touristy things. We have enjoyed some of these. Phuket will also be full of tourists and tours and activities. All of these things so tempting. I need to remind myself I am not a tourist. Choosing carefully how I spend my money and time as our goal continue to be to live like a resident not a tourist. I think this will take more time.

Because Toto we are definitely not in Kansas anymore.

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  • Reply Mary jane

    Enjoying your adventures. Glad your feeling better

    December 8, 2016 at 2:21 am
  • Reply Debra Sidor Tanner

    Incredible journey already! I hope that each good night’s sleep brings you closer to better health Laureen. We miss you and I cannot imagine this years BOOKCLUB with out you! Stay safe!!

    December 8, 2016 at 4:20 am
  • Reply Kathi Strand

    Enjoying your grand adventure. It is hard to not be a tourist in someplace you have never been. You want to see it all. On the other hand I have lived in Washington all my life and there are plenty of touristy things I still need to check out.

    December 8, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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