okay so after Bank and Yoko's wedding in Osaka, we headed back to Tokyo for a night and then jumped a plane down to Bangkok! we had a full agenda for Thailand... a friend from college was getting married, so we had her wedding to attend, and then Bank and Yoko were having a Thai wedding down in the south in Hat Yai...and also, this was my first trip to Thailand! Jao was born in Bangkok..his family is all Thai and he speaks Thai beautifully and fluently (allegedly, he has an accent to his Thai from growing up in the States...but i think his Thai is absolutely beautiful)...so my first trip to his family's home was very exciting for me!
first of all, i am obsessed with Bangkok. it's an incredible city...it's very sensual. the food is so rich and spicy, the heat of the air, the smell of the fruit, the explosive taste of the fruit, the sun beating down on your skin...the city just bleeds rawness and sensuality. some of my favorite parts were sitting on the floor in his parent's apartment in the mornings in our underwear, balcony door open, AC off, eating all of the exotic fruits with our hands, drinking almond milk, eating coconut yogurt, and watching BBC..and then i loved eating all the street food. i was addicted. i loved sitting outside, eating a steaming hot bowl of noodles (rice noodles!) and sweating our asses off...sweating from the heat, sweating from the heat of the red chilies, sweating from the boiling noodles... it was such a "we're so in it" experience. we'd sit there in silence, devouring our food, totally in it.
like i said....Bangkok seduced me. i loved everything about it, and i can't wait to go back. if the opportunity ever arises for us to live there, i'd live there in a heartbeat. that's how much i loved it!
so there's more to come... Hat Yai and our trip to Myanmar..but ah another day.
from the other side!