Being a Tourist

Can’t believe this is my last day in Thailand! I’ve had so much fun this week! (I haven’t wanted to watch TV even once!) Have to say I’ve enjoyed being a tourist. Totally different than living in a foreign country.

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Me “brown” water rafting in the jungle! (The most fun part was when the French guys would start singing and yelling in the rapids.)

Some of the most memorable moments were when things went wrong. Like when we were wandering around the small town of Pai trying to find what I assumed was the name of a bar (the place where my guesthouse owner had said on the phone to meet). Avoiding many creepy stares, I took a chance and asked directions from a Thai tour agency guy. Was he going to be creepy too? Turned out to be the nicest person ever, and we later booked a tour with him. (We never did find that bar. If it even was a bar.)

Me in front of a waterfall. In a rain coat.
Me in front of a waterfall. In a rain coat.

Also, after meeting a bunch of European tourists, I have to say it was rather refreshing to finally meet some Americans yesterday! And not just any Americans, but I met a fellow East Coaster who taught English in Korea for a couple years! Unlike the others, when I saw him on the street later, I enthusiastically waved hello. Felt like I had finally made a new friend.

About to raft into the biggest cave in Thailand.
About to raft into the biggest cave in Thailand.
The other end of the cave. Thousands of swifts fly in at dusk to rest for the night. That was a cool sight.
The other end of the cave. Thousands of swifts fly in at dusk to rest for the night. That was a cool sight.

Last night, we needed a ride back to our guesthouse rather late at night, and it was difficult to find a taxi. So we ended up riding on the back of a couple of motorbikes instead. In the rain, in the dark. Think that was one of my favorite moments of the whole week.

My second favorite form of transportation on our trip
My second favorite form of transportation on our trip

It’s been a pretty epic vacation, and I hope to return to Thailand someday. (Did not get enough mango sticky rice and Pad Thai this week..) But I’m actually quite excited to return to Korea. I miss the land of kimchi.

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Elizabeth is an American living in South Korea who believes in destiny, miracles, and living life intentionally. She holds to simple faith in a complex world, values the beauty of the everyday, and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is always learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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