It’s been killing me (figuratively, of course) not being able to write anything on here about all that’s gone down in the last two and a half weeks. Seriously. So much has changed.
No longer residents of Lopburi, Thailand… now citizens of greater Bangkok. And, it’s wonderful. Seriously wonderful. I honestly can’t begin to describe to all of you just how spectacular and refreshing this change of location, change of home, change of lifestyle has been for the two of us. It is nothing short of a blessing, and that’s really the best way to put it. After all of the struggles with noise, dirt, mold, allergies, lack of basic conveniences (a flushing toilet, for example), health problems, stress, unfriendly (and rather scary) street, living beside people who wanted absolutely nothing to do with us, etc……. we are now living in a whole new world.
I feel normal again. Well, as normal as is possible being an American girl living in Thailand, of course. But really, after living in the country for a year, it does feel normal. I sometimes wonder now how weird it will feel the first time we return to the States. Hmmm.
Anyways, since I don’t have a bunch of pics ready to post online yet (since we just got our internet hooked up in the last day or so), I figured I’d just list off a few of the things I’m really thankful for in our new home. It’s true, I’m no longer calling where we live our “house”… no, this place is worthy of being called our home.
- 2 real, self-flushing toilets (yes, we have 2!)
- a bathtub (a rare find in Thailand)
- a separate shower area upstairs
- a patio behind the house where I can do laundry and cook
- an automatic washing machine, with a big metal rack to dry clothes in the sunshine
- my own oven/stove (outside to keep the house cooler)
- a corner lot that actually has a little bit of yard
- a couch to sit on
- windows on every single wall (we only had one in Lopburi)
- complete floors in every room (meaning no broken tiles, no missing chunks of wood)
- space for visitors (hint, hint!)
- a corner lot that enable us to be quite visible to neighbors, giving us the opportunity to make friends
- lots of neighbors that are willing to talk to us
- loudspeakers that broadcast weekly community announcements, which are always preceded by 5 minutes of 1940’s swanky night club style music, then closed out with more music that sounds like the end of an old-timey radio show
- birds in our trees
- the ability to begin sleeping again
- a functional a/c wall unit in our bedroom and office
- a functional kitchen nook (one wall of our living room) with cabinets and a countertop!
- a gracious, friendly landlord
- no fluorescent tube lighting in the house 🙂 (it’s all cans or circle fluorescents)
- a corner lot that happens to be where the kids play after school every day
- a little house-front vegetable stand (that sells flour, too!) in our “village”
- when riding my bike to the vegetable stand, a few people already call to me by name to say hello
- being able to actually hear the crickets at night, rather than booming clubs
- … and so much more!
Now that we’re just about finished with all of the work that goes into setting up a home from nothing (literally, we moved here with clothes, computers, and a few small items), it’s time to get back to language study, meeting new people, and learning just how we can reach out to the community around us. I can already envision so much good here. In the past few days, we’ve had 3 women from down the road either walk or ride their bicycles down to chat with us while we did work on our yard. We’ve had conversations with the older couple who lives across the street, and talked to a lady a few houses down about her plants and what she thinks we should do with our yard. The kids that play on our street corner finally got up the courage to speak to us and invited Brook to play some badminton, while I brought out fresh chocolate chip cookies to feed them at the beginning of the week… and, they came back this afternoon, rang our bell, and asked if Brook could come out again to play!
Have I mentioned yet how refreshing this change has been? I’m beyond thankful.