“You get a strange feeling when you leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love, but you will miss the person you are at this time and place because you’ll never be this way ever again.” Azar Nafazi
It’s time to leave that place that has been my home for the past 4 months. Nangrong, Buriram Province, a small town in the Issan area of Thailand. I will miss many things about this place;
1. I will miss the kindness of the people here. I have never met such happy, warm and kind hearted people as Thai people are.
2. I will miss the sound of the Buddhist monks chanting in the dawn of the morning.
3. I will miss the delicious food and the best SomTam I have ever tasted.
4. I will miss hearing excited little “Khru Louise” from around me (khru = teacher in Thai) at the market when students see me there.
5. I will miss using my bicycle every day as my mode of transport.
6. I will miss the messed up weather here. One minutes it’s freezing, the next it’s ridiculously hot.
7. I will miss the music that is playing outside my apartment most mornings at 7 am.
8. I will miss the laid back lifestyle that I seemed to have become very accustomed too. “Mai Pen Rai” (means ‘its ok/never mind’)
9. I will miss how comfortable I have become here in a town, miles away from my own reality and how comfortable I have become in myself.
10. I will miss my first home here in Thailand
Thank you Nangrong, I will be back soon to visit. Thank you for showing me the beauty in life and making me remember who I have been all along.