bangkok is the antithesis of japan in absolutely every way, and i mean that in the most refreshing, incredible way possible. for every way that japan is rigid and unmoving, bangkok is fluid and relenting. japan is racist and sexist...in thailand...no one cares what color your skin is and women run the show.
yet in every way...bangkok is unrelenting. the heat (it's so hot), the food (it's so spicy), the coffee (it's extremely strong), the thunderstorms (daily and extremely intense downpours), the air-conditioning (it's so cold inside every building), the fruit (beautifully bright and insanely flavorful). bangkok is one big pelvic thrust.
we are so happy here. the pace of life is fast yet no one is really in a hurry. we've taken some time to decorate our condo and we love it. we joined a gym and we love it (it's super tough, kicks major ass, and i get to learn muay thai!). we have found home bars and restaurants and food courts (it's a big thing in thailand...the food court) we love. we have an office at school, work is getting done, and our lab mates are awesome. we've established home base. bangkok is home.