“Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.”
We land, go through customs, and make it out of the airport and as soon as we walk out of the door we are hit by a wall of heat! I am literally outside at 2 am and I am sweating! Ahhhh I’m just going to sweat for the next 4 years but that is ok I guess…. My cousin asked me today “o so this is summer there?” I say “nope winter and in the summer it gets to 150 degrees, I figure this is what hell would feel like” and Chris corrects me and says “I think hell has a dry heat not so humid”. Blah…
We made it to the condo last night around 3 am Bangkok time and after face timing family and showers I was in bed by 4 am. The only hiccup we have had is there is no baby cot for Killian at the moment. We tried to have him in the bed with us after he woke up a few times but that didn’t work to well. We slept for bout 3 to 4 hours and then we were up for breakfast. We came back to the room and called more family and then it was nap time for Killian and I, I think we could have slept all day but Chris wouldn’t let us which is for the best.
We made it to the mall, the Emporium. It is only a few blocks from where we are staying and it is an 8 story mall with basically everything that you could ever need, forget you Woodruff Road, I like this was of shopping a lot better! First we need a stroller, turns out there tons of moms using little umbrella strollers, so we found one on sale, which is great because baby stuff here is very expensive. On the other hand cell phone service is ridiculously cheap! In the states we would be paying $150 for two cell phones on a data plan and here we will be paying less than $40 USD a month! woot woot! We then go to set up our cell phones because Louie and Brett gave us their old iPhones to use over here. Before we left we had them unlocked at the AT&T store but when we go today to get new SIM cards put in the phones they are still locked! This frustrates me…. We will be calling the guy that unlocked them when he gets to work in a couple of hours. We had some Thai for lunch and then we went grocery shopping. I guess we found the whole foods equivalent in the Emporium and it was a little pricey. At this point it has been a couple of hours and Killian is about at his meltdown point so we leave, we didn’t get much accomplished today but at least we found MILK!
We were able to keep Killian awake until 6 pm and now my love is passed out on the couch and it is my job to stay awake and watch HBO (thank you lord for at least one english speaking channel and oceans 11 is on so all and all not bad) until 9pm when we can call the phone guy in the states.
Time to adapt…
So far so good. Just trying to stay positive. The language barrier is frustrating but I have to remember they are probably as frustrated with me for not being able to understand them. I feel like I have forgotten all of my Thai language since I haven’t had a class in weeks. I guess I am more nervous looking dumb not speaking the language properly then looking like a tourist talking to them like they are deaf and dumb (which they aren’t at all!). So tomorrow I will try and use my Thai language skills even if it is only a little and loose the dumb foreigner bit.
Another difference: They drive on the wrong… I mean opposite side of the road, which means that when I try and stay to the correct…i mean right side of the walk way I am going in the wrong direction and I make everyone move and then Chris reminds me that we need to stay left… Ahhhh
I was told that you never touch a Thai person on the head… Well today I screwed that up but luckily I think he was an expat anyway. A little boy came right up behind me and I knocked him the head with my elbow (very light tap) but being the sweet southern I am I react “o I am so sorry (as I reach to pat his head) he spoke English and was a little white boy so I am guessing I didn’t do anything wrong.
I know God has a plan for us here. I will need encouragement from time to time and we have received so much love and support from our friends and family and we appreciate you all for that.
“So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”