I feel like I am boiling from the inside out. Coming to Thailand has been an eye-opening experience to see into another culture, but at the same time, it has solidified my awareness of my temperature limits. Anywhere over 30ºC / 85ºF for more than a few days, I don’t want to live there. I want nothing to do with that place. I would rather be in -30ºC / -22ºF than the opposite. Sweat is not my friend unless I am exercising.
I think the theory of having a circulatory problem is accurate. My body takes WAY too long to cool down and has a really difficult time at maintaining a decent body temperature. I’d rather be cold than hot, just saying.
My issues with the weather here are: (1) having to wash my clothing EVERY SINGLE DAY, which not only wears out the material faster but is a huge waste of water and electricity, (2) the humidity makes the air so thick that I have a difficult time breathing, (3) showering daily is annoying and again, uses a lot of water. Take me back to a place where I can wear a jacket comfortably again!
In the meantime, I am extremely thankful for this experience and for all that Jasmine’s family is doing for me. I am not looking forward to the UAE though due to the weather. I would say that I have adapted quite well to having a language barrier in most places and being here in Bangkok, Jasmine translates everything for me, so it is not the same as when I traveled around Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Russia. In general, Thailand is extremely filthy (trash everywhere, streets are black from dirt and car waste, water is mucky, etc.) but the people are very kind. I don’t think the consumeristic culture in the US will be a shock anymore after this either. I am to the point where I would rather not have a choice in what I eat or do or buy because it is too much to think about. Sorry market people for taking so long to make a decision! Overall, the hype of things being cheaper here is false. It depends on the item but the price of something usually reflects the quality and if you want something that is of decent quality, be ready to pay a regular price or higher.
I am not a foodie and so cuisine is not something I focus on. Jasmine’s family is quite the opposite when it comes to this and has been having me try all sorts of dishes. The seafood here is very good but I feel like I am going to explode from the abrupt change in diet. My body is completely out of whack due to the drastic changes in diet, weather, and exercise. What people forget to tell you is that humid weather leads to skin breakouts, so if you are planning to vacation somewhere, be prepared for skin, hair, and digestive problems. I still feel like I eat too much here, especially since we spend a large portion of our time sitting in traffic in the car rather than walking. I went from walking at least 45 minutes in one stretch daily to walking at the most, 15 minutes.
Anyway, enough of the ranting. I am thankful for being able to spend this time with Jasmine and her family. I just won’t be venturing to anywhere that is this hot on purpose in the future. Oklahoma, your weather sucks too. Maybe I’ll move to Alaska or Canada or back to the Baltics or Nordic countries or Russia or someplace that the air is thinner and the sky is closer to the ground.