I am going to miss the hell out of Thailand. I have been here for a whole year now, a whole year can you believe it? and soon I am leaving. I have become very comfortable here within the lifestyle and culture. I love the laid back and simple life…Maybe this living out of a bag situation was right for me in the end?
It’s not the big things I will miss, in fact, it’s the small infectious things I will miss the most. I think about leaving and returning to the UK and I become anxious and nervous. My heart feels tight and I get a little shaky. I am scared and nervous about going back to a life I once knew, but I have to do it. I know I have to because Thailand is a country that really can capture a person and then they find themselves “stuck” here, with not much desire to leave. As much as I love the country, there are another 195 countries in this world to see.
Here are some of the things I will miss:
You can’t beat a fresh coconut picked straight from the tree and drinking its water. The fresh mango, papaya, guavas, passion fruit, pineapples, watermelons and their mouth-watering sweet and sour tastes. I know I won’t get freshness like that again in the UK. Also, I will miss the fresh smoothies every day that are made out of the said fruit and so cheap for being healthy.
There’s a reason why they call it the ‘Kingdom of Smiles’. Such infectious smiles. It makes me feel safe. People are genuinely happy here and I can’t think about being in a better environment, but I suppose I’ll have to get used to not seeing them anymore everywhere I turn, because after all I am going to the UK and people will think I am crazy if I am walking around with big teeth baring smiles constantly on my face.
3.The National Anthem.
Every morning it is sung at school and the country’s flag is raised. I love how much Thai people love their country and it was always one of my favourite parts of the school day, listening to everyone sing. I have also picked up a few words myself.
4. Thai lifestyle.
Life is easy here. No complications. No drama. It’s easy to forget about the life and the situations you were in that you left behind. Routine doesn’t really exist here, because lets face it, the routine is the enemy of time. Everything is possible here. Thailand cures you and it really has cured me.
5. Being called beautiful everywhere.
I was never one who was good with compliments but living in Thailand has really boosted my confidence on how I accept nice gestures. When I first arrived here I would go all shy and embarrassed when a local person would call me beautiful, but after a year of hearing it every day, I have learnt to accept that you are beautiful to some people in the world. I wish people could learn this from the Thai’s, they never put anyone down for who they are. They really make you feel good about yourself and that is something everyone should feel.
6. Sticky rice.
Oh my lord, that glutinous master piece that you roll into balls and dip into sauces. I am going to miss how you make me feel and how much I want to collapse and nap forever after I have eaten you.
7. The weather
I love the sun and I have been trying to soak it in but apparently I will be leaving with not a good enough tan for having lived here for a year. I also love the rainy season obviously coming from of the rainiest region in England. I love how the different shades of green become vibrant when it has rained.
8. The cuisine
I have had a Thai diet for the past year. I will miss how easy it is to get, how cheap it is for great flavours and I will miss learning new names in Thai language. Most of all I will miss papaya salad. Why can’t we get young fresh papaya in the UK?
9. 7/11 cheese and ham toasties.
This post is now just turning into food I will miss. But seriously, pray to the Gods for this one. When you live in rural Thailand, you sometimes need to get your western fix and well I found the glorious oh so satisfying cheese and ham toasties to just give me that fix.
Who doesn’t love speeding around traffic in Bangkok in a little 3-wheeled motor. I wish that they were a type of public transport in every country. Life would be so much fun.
11. No shoes.
I am going to miss walking around bare footed. I am going back to a country where 1. it’s not socially acceptable to walk around the streets with no shoes and 2. its to cold not to wear shoes. As much as I love shoes and I really do. I just don’t enjoy wearing them anymore.
I will miss adventures to discover new and old ancient temples. They are so fascinating and really help you understand the country’s history. Plus gems like this one and the other ones I have seen this year are not on the tourist trail. They are only really known to the locals and expats. I feel like I have a little piece of Thailand that no one else has experienced all to myself.
“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place…like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you will never be this way again.” Azar Nafisi