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.
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
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.
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…