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A Lot of Feed for Very Little Scratch

When living in another country it’s amazing how quickly your attitude changes about money. When in Europe, things tend to be a bit more expensive. When you get back to the U.S. you are just relieved to be spending $8 on a hamburger again.

In Thailand, this effect is the opposite.

For our very first Thai dinner we bought noodle soup (insanely abundant in Thailand) off the street.

Noodle Soup

When our delicious meal cost only 60 baht ($2 USD) for the both of us, we were shocked. After we didn’t get the stomach bug we thought was inevitable, we just kept coming back for more.

A few more days in we bought BC a pair of flip-flops

Flip Flops

When we were told they were 150 baht ($5 USD) we didn’t even negotiate.

“What a great price…that was such a bargain! Why would I even negotiate?”

On the second week we rented a scooter.

Our Scooter

For 250 baht ($8.50 USD) it was ours for 36 hours.

“Can you believe this? What a steal!”

By the third week things started to…change.

Get some noodles: “60 baht each! Are these people crazy? I am not paying $4 for this incredibly delicious, made-with-grandma-love food. Psh.”

Buy a handmade, 100% cotton shirt: “250 baht ($8.25)! No way. We aren’t paying more than 200 baht ($6.50) for that wonderfully good looking shirt. We can use that extra money for dinner!”

Rent a scooter: “You want to charge us what?! 200 baht ($6.50)? I thought it was 150 ($5). You are just totally ripping us off. There is no way we are paying $6.50 to use your very efficient, easily accessible mode of transportation for that much.”

I fear for our mental health when we get back to America…

The Plan

Although it appeared that we were throwing all abandon to the wind, we still had a plan. Here’s our original plan:

  1. Fly to Bangkok
  2. Immerse ourselves into the culture quickly by spending first few nights in local neighborhood
  3. Immediately tear off the Band-Aid of eating street food
  4. Move up north so I can get a job teaching English
  5. Stay in Thailand a year

…and here is how it has gone

  1. Fly to Bangkok – check
    1. Arrive with food poisoning – check
  2. Immerse ourselves into the culture quickly by spending first few nights in local neighborhood – check
    1. Realize we speak no Thai, we are still tourists (and we are the only tourists around), and there is nothing for us to do since we are staying in said local neighborhood – check
  3. Immediately tear off the Band-Aid of eating street food – check
    1. Get rapidly introduced to the interesting smell of animal fat burning off the retched smelling coals this neighborhood uses – check
  4. Move up north (check) so I can go get a job teaching English – ummm
    1. Completely change plans and abandon teaching English plan – check
  5. Stay in Thailand a year – ummmm
    1. No income from teaching job means can only live off savings…and don’t have enough for a year

…and the Addendum

  1. Start a blog and become famous on the internet – work in progress
  2. Use my fancy new camera that BC bought me to become world master photographer – work in progress

So…that’s where we are