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After several months of living out of bags, not sure what my next move would be, and then dealing with all the little details of getting used to expat life in Chiang Mai, things are finally starting to settle.
The transition from visiting home to moving back to Chiang Mai wasn’t easy. Between having to say good bye (again) to family and friends, who were much more vocal this time around about me leaving, getting bumped from my original flight and coming back to no real place to live, I got on the plane headed to Thailand questioning what I was doing. After I arrived, it took time adjusting to being back, the weather, the food (two years is a long time to live without cheese, eating Thai food all the time just isn’t doing it for me like it used to) the bugs (I was miserable with bites that didn’t go away for weeks), tummy troubles and fevers. I was violently sick three different times (in less than two months) living out the back of a tattoo shop with my bags and things from my old house taking up space.
While I enjoyed a quick getaway, it then took a full month (plus the previous month keeping an eye on listings) to find a new apartment that both my boyfriend and I could agree on. Let’s just say, that Thais and Americans have some differing beliefs on what’s considered far, close, clean and comfortable… (And if you’re in Chiang Mai looking for a house or apartment, I’ve listed some helpful resources here.)
Now though, I’ve moved into probably one the best apartments we could have found, feel healthy again, and have dealt with all the little tasks you need to keep up with living somewhere (license plates tabs, buying sheets, visa fees…), things are finally settling into more of a routine.
I’ve been spending way too much on groceries to cook at home (it’s so much cheaper to just go out and buy plate of food for $1) and enjoying having a more set work/home/free time schedule.
I’ve also had more time to work on this site and think about the direction it’s going. With that, I’d like to introduce a new guest post series I’m starting: The Day to Day in: ______
Recently a friend from Seattle visited and asked me what my typical day in Chiang Mai was like. Daily routines and interactions can easily go unnoticed, but they’re often the most important since they make up such a big part of your life. I want to know what your day to day schedule is around the world, particularly if you’re an expat or long term traveler staying in one place for a while. What’s your usual routine? What’s unique about the place where you live? What questions do people from home ask about your daily life now? What different about expat life than living in your home country? Where do you go? Who do you interact with? What do you eat?
I’ll be posting the first one soon about my day to day life here in Northern Thailand, but if you’re interested in participating please shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you more information.