Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I figured it’s time to get back on the wagon (or off the wagon? I’ve actually always been a little confused on which side of the wagon is more advantageous). I want to preface this post by saying that I love my life here in Thailand, and I plan to be here for the foreseeable future. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things about good ol ‘Murica that I don’t miss. Here’s a list of some of the things I miss about home:
1) Burritos. Although number 23 is the number one thing that I miss, burritos are a close second. Chipotle, Taco Bell, authentic restaurants, I love em all. You can find them here, but they are outrageously expensive and a far cry from Californee standards.
2) People saying bless you. There’s no Thai translation or Buddhist equivalent of this. Although the ability to blatantly pick your nose in the middle of the street and not be judged balances it out.
3) Driving. I have a scooter, but there’s nothing like having your own car that you can drive and zone out in. Natural selection is the main enforcer of road laws in Thailand, so zoning out and listening to music isn’t an option on scooters.
4) Dark beer. IPAs, Negra Modelo, Firestone, Sierra Nevada. People back home will be extremely put-off when I pour them in a glass over ice though.
5) Ranch dressing. It just makes everything better. Pizza, French fries, sandwiches. Salads too I suppose. And it’s not a thing here.
6) Being dry. When you live in a country that is 95°F all year with soul-crushing humidity, anti-perspirant products are a myth. Anything less than 2 showers a day is unacceptable.
7) Cold weather. There’s a certain comfiness that comes from being chilly and snuggling up on the couch with a blanket.
8) Efficiency. Thai people are incredible in so many ways, but finding the most efficient way to do something is not one of their strong suits. Example: there’s a steak buffet nearby that employs one person who’s sole job is to stand at the salad station to wave a stick with a bag on it to keep the flys away. However, it’s hard to bag on a country with a 0.9% unemployment rate.
9) Self–checkout. Continuation of number 8. I don’t need to be stared at and judged by the five employees at 7/11 behind the counter to run the two registers as I buy toilet paper, beer, and chocolate.
10) Drip coffee. Nescafe and instant coffee is the way of the world here. Although coffee in-a-bag, in-a-bag, in-a-bag is pretty fun (one bag for coffee/ice, housed in a paper bag and wrapped up in another plastic bag that has handles).
11) Cooking. Don’t get me wrong, being able to eat at restaurants for every meal for ~$2-3 is great, but there’s something to be said for the satisfaction of cooking your own food.
12) Pick up basketball. Thai people do like basketball, but they don’t play like us Westerners. Where we come from, you play to win. Here they play “for the fun of the game.” …or something lame like that. And they play zone defense. Have some respect for the game, Thailand.
13) Pizza. And just cheese in general. What I wouldn’t give to order a pizza from Dominos with white sauce, chicken, and bacon. And pizza tracker. And ranch dressing.
14) The ability to quickly determine within 99% certainty if someone does/does not have a penis.
15) Drying machines. Or dryers? I don’t even remember what they’re called. Either way, they don’t exist in Thailand. You hang and iron. Or you pay the $10 for fluff and fold of everything you own.
16) People respecting lines/queues in supermarkets. For as nice as Thai people are, the laws of “first come-first serve” aren’t recognized here.
17) Flaming Hot Cheetos. Being that licking your fingers is considered rude here, red-cheeto dust stains would an epidemic if they started importing them.
18) Being able to ask somebody for directions. Not only is there a language barrier, but 5 Thai people will tell you 5 different ways to get to the same destination.
19) Non-spray deodorant. Apparently the U.S. is the only country that does roll on. People don’t know what they’re missing.
20) Sandwiches. Sweet, delicious sandwiches. Bread itself isn’t really a thing in Thailand.
21) Having a general idea about things going on around you. As a Westerner here, you literally never have any idea what is happening, and whatever it is will change at the drop of a hat.
22) Freedom units. Farenheit, feet, inches, pounds, miles. The whole lot.
23) Family. The number one thing I miss about home.
With the exception of #23, these are all small trivial things that I do miss but can live without. Thailand is amazing and I don’t intend on leaving anytime soon, but I still do love me some ‘merica.