I made it! I made it through twenty-nine hours of travel. I made it through figuring out how to use my phone internationally. I made it through the car ride and the flights and the standing escalator thingies and a cab ride.
I made it all the way to my hotel in Bangkok. It’s 1:38am (14 hours ahead of California time) as I write this, and I’ve slept about 4 hours in the past 30. I didn’t pay to get wifi in my room so I probably won’t post this until tomorrow morning (my tomorrow morning; this time zone business is gonna get confusing), but I just wanted to pop in an say hi.
So far, everyone I’ve encountered has been incredibly helpful. Granted, the only people I’ve met so far are the cab driver and the people at my hotel, but still. I’ll take it. On the drive from the airport to my hotel, I had my cab driver teach me how to say a few key phrases in Thai. I have down “hi” (sa wad dee ka), “thank you” (kob khun ka), “my name is…” (chan-chue), and “how are you?” (khun-sa-bai-dee-mai-ka). I should probably try to learn more practical phrases like “where’s the bathroom?”, “how much?”, and “feed me now,” but oh well. I have an app for that.
Honestly, this whole experience is still feeling completely surreal. You’d think actually being in Thailand would make my trip to Thailand feel real, but nope… Not yet. I’m definitely missing home like crazy and it’s overwhelming to think that I’ll be gone for 7 weeks. But at San Francisco airport yesterday, I decided to focus on the immediate. If I had thought about being gone for close to two months, I probably would have lost it in the airport and been put on some kind of No Fly List (i.e., don’t let this crazy bitch on a plane). Instead, I had to focus on getting through security. Then getting to my gate. Then getting to Tokyo, and then to Bangkok, and then to my hotel. Tomorrow, I’m going to focus on eating good food and seeing some temples. The day after that? No fucking clue. I’m focusing on The Now, simply because it’s way more manageable and will help me prevent a psychological breakdown. Always a good thing.
Taking things a day (or an hour) at a time is a good lesson for life. It’s crazy to try to figure out everything. It’s impossible to look at your life and know where you’ll be a year from now, or five years, or ten. Rather, I just need to focus on living NOW… Not a week from now, not a month from now, not a year from now. Just now.
Alright, I’m off to go sleep. Talk soon!