It’s about Time.

29 Oct

Admittedly, my commitment to writing and updating my blog has been rather shocking. To those who enquire where I have been – I can only say that I just haven’t been in a good ‘writing space’. After 8 months of living in Thailand, we decided that October would be the perfect month to go home whilst the Thai schools closed for the end of the term. Time in the comfort of my own home, surrounded by friends and family finally allowed me to clear my head and get back on blogging-track!! :)

Home is where the Heart is...

So, we have been teaching English in Bangkok since May this year. We came to Thailand to travel, experience a new culture and soak up the invaluable lessons which come with living abroad. Unfortunately, our experience has been (for the lack of a better description) – bitter sweet. Thailand is the most incredible country, filled with wonderful, caring and genuine people – but (like anywhere else) is not perfect. One thing I cannot say enough is that traveling a country and actually living in a country are two entirely different things. People are often firm believers that if they have spent a night or two in a city, they are completely acquainted with the challenges which come with residing on a permanent basis. The lesson which I learnt from such, is that you cannot base your decision or predict your own experience to be like anyone else’s… Your job, your colleagues, your income and ability to save all influence your overall experience and cannot be based on  Jack or Jill’s 2 week getaway in 2005.

Along with its beautiful beaches, passive culture and smiling faces – Thailand is one of those places that unless you have experienced first hand what it is like to live there, it is very difficult to explain or generate understanding from people – even those closest to you. Whilst at home, I met people – people I know  well and people I had just met – all of which had lived in Thailand, taught English and could instantly relate to my joys and frustrations. On one of my first nights back home, I crossed paths with a girl who taught English in Thailand last year and I think we were both so relieved to meet another South African who could really relate to each others independent experiences. Those who believe that living in an Asian culture is all about sitting on the beach all day, beneath palm trees with a coconut in one hand – you are mistaken. Living in Bangkok has been difficult. Adjusting to the lifestyle and fitting into the Thai culture has been challenging, but we have done our best to make the most out all the situations which we have been faced.

We are now back in Bangkok after a wonderful month away. After settling back in, we were once again reminded of the reasons why we love Thailand and why we have stayed in this country for close to 9 months. I look forward to the many adventures which are still to come, the beautiful neighbouring countries which are yet to be explored and the people we will meet along the way. I miss South Africa, I miss my home and I miss my family & friends – but for now, we are on a journey which has forced me to grow up, laugh when all I want to do is cry (although, sometimes I just sob!) and taught me more in 9 months than I could ever have imagined…

Here’s to the next chapter of our adventure! :)

x

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One Response to “It’s about Time.”

  1. BeWithUs April 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing~ Cheers!! :D

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