Do you have a place where you have never quite managed to spend more than a couple of days?
In fairness to Thailand, I’ve yet to do justice to this remarkable country in even one trip! Without a doubt, food is fabulous, folks I’ve met terribly considerate and I’ve only had positive experiences. It is my fault I have yet to truly explore…
1st trip – Dec 2012 – New Years
Not your typical fun n frolic – this was a family reunion spending time in suburban Bangkok with my adopted desi family – three siblings, their respective partners, five kids, parents, two maids and a dog! It was also the momentus trip during which my partner and I took the plunge to skip all the normal dating relationship steps and plunge straight into “If we’re gonna make this work, just go for it full on!”
2nd trip – Feb 2013 – Company Work
Was my first trip where I came in as a ‘facilitator’ without all the direct Learning & Development responsibilities for the team too. As a result, I was there to accomplish a single job – conduct a full-day programme. So the trip was super short – One night to crash. One day to conduct the programme with some evening merriment. Next day a few hours with my adopted desi family before catching a flight home to Mumbai.
3rd trip – June 2013 – Free-lance Work
Will always be memorable as my 1st international free-lance assignment! Yipee!! However I had time constraints so couldn’t extend either a day before or a day after so it was literally – now you see me, now you don’t! Also by that point, my friend and her kiddos had moved back to India and just couldn’t fit in the time to go across town crazy early in the morning before my flight to see her siblings. Sigh…
Tripy tripping through the airport
Subsequent trips really don’t count as only transited through the airport. Just enough to be a bit bitchy about the limited spots to plug in laptop / mobile, unreliable internet, ineffective air conditioning, etc. But not enough to be jaded loosing sight of the joy of exploring more.
And while I don’t have any immediate plans to hit Thailand again, the next time either I or my partner have a ‘business’ reason to go, will grab the other one and tag on some days purely for pleasure!
In the interim… it is time to relive a few memories and take you on a mini Thai tour with the limited activities covered.