I have been wanting to go to Thailand for as long as I can remember. I just hope that I have not built it up too much in my head, not the way that I did for Iceland. Remember? When I went to Iceland. All the pictures, everything was absolutely gorgeous. By the time I hopped that plane to Iceland, I was more than extatic and thrilled to be going-everything I was going to do, everything I was going to see, all the food, especially all that fresh fish and the wild caught fish–farm 2 table at that. I was ready for it. But the trip, it was mediocre at best. In hindsight, I don’t know what I thought I was going to get. Everything was overpriced, which, I knew it was going to be when I got there. However, I did not think that it was going to be as pricey as it truly was. The landscape was incredibly bare. I did not see many of those colorful houses that I thought I was going to see after looking at gorgeous photographs on Instagram. Additionally, there truly is not a whole lot to do in Iceland. Icelandic horses, blue lagoon, Northern Lights. I can list on one hand everything that there is to do in Iceland.
But Thailand on the other hand, I have heard nothing but positive things about the country. And me. Someone who is a major foodie, it sounds as if Thailand is my true calling. As if Thailand is the place that I am meant to be. If there is one thing that I am looking forward to, more than anything about Thailand, it is trying their food. Trying all of that food. I literally want to spend my time going from food stall to food stall. As a food truck fanatic, I think it is also safe to say that I am all about street food; I mean, I’ll still keep an eye on the hygeine of it all, but I can’t wait to walk down those streets in Bangkok and Chiang Mai and smell the sweet aromas and fragrances of curry and coconut cream and basil and fresh lemongrass and giner in the air.
I always give credit where it’s due, and I pulled this picture from Migrationology.com. I mean, just look at all the colors. Thai food simply looks so fresh and pungnent and colorful and all the things that I have ever dreamed of. I’ll be honest, I have done quite a bit of traveling, and often times, yes, I will travel for food. I have traveled to Paris and Rome and other parts of Italy. I love the food of Paris and all of France, I mean Coq au vin is one of my favorite dishes. And I love escargot. As for Italy, tiramisu, and pasta, anything with olive oil and capers and you are basically speaking my language. I believe food is truly a way of bringing people together and getting to understand other cultures and getting to know people through food. You might not understand the native language, but everybody understands food and liquor. Am I right?
I have also even looked up some cooking classes. I am a major cook and foodie, so I cannot wait to learn how to shop for those fresh ingredients and how to cook traditional thai food, everything including papaya salad. I am only concerned that I do not speak or understand thai. However, I have started learning basic phrases. Even a little to get by. I believe that learning a little bit helps me truly enrich my experiences. I have downloaded quite a few podcasts to my cell phone.
In addition to food, I have heard that you must absolutely try a Thai massage, a traditional Thai massage. I do enjoy relaxing and having my cells rejuvenate, so it is safe to say that I will most certainly be doing this while I am overseas.