Monday, April 14, 2008

Thailand - Part 1

We made it to Thailand! We’ve been here visiting my family for just over a week, and have 2 weeks left to enjoy this crazy country! I find myself smiling, frowning, double-taking and laughing at the differences between the life I'm used to, and the life I see here... This crazy country where:

Scaffolding obviously has no safety regulations; They eat fruit that stinks so badly that they don't allow it indoors;

Translations are less than perfect; Signs can be hilarious

They paint lines on the roads by hand; Pineapple trucks can be spotted anywhere;

The highways, roadways, and walkways are sprinkled with sleeping Thais in hammocks; and the Thais risk heat stroke to avoid getting any darker in the sun (I guess the whiter the skin, the more beautiful the person...I must be GORGEOUS here!)

“To market, to market to buy a fat pig
Home again home again jiggity-jig”

This nursery rhyme has been told several times since we arrived here – one of the first things we did on the 7th was take a trip to the market to buy some food for the next few days. How cool! Weird fruits, beautiful, fragrant flowers, disgusting animal innards, dirty walkways, sweaty people, and many Thai faces turned our way. We bought some 'lotus flowers' so that my parents' housekeeper, Sister Noi, could show me how to fold them. "Fold flowers?" I thought..."why not?"

In the evening, the whole family took a walk around my parents block – so beautiful! The flowers are just amazing, the humidity in the air made it feel like we were swimming, the dogs were a favorite of Carson’s; but the best thing for me was to just be with my family…and see them interact with my children.

That night, I was grossed to find out that Thais enjoy experimenting with their toothpaste flavors. Unfortunately, I didn't find that out until after I stuck the toothbrush in my mouth. Seriously, who wants to brush their teeth with 'Salt Herbal' toothpaste? Might as well just drink salt straight out of the bottle.

Stay tuned for more Thailand adventures! (Believe me, there are plenty!)


  1. I LOVE this actually makes me want to go to Thailand to see all these things! Especially the truck load of pigs...looks appetizing. We miss you guys...two whole weeks still!?

  2. Holy cow Linds! What an incredible experience. It is great that you have someone there to show you around, and I'm sure it is the best to see your parents!!! Have fun, and post more.

  3. How much fun you all must be having! Tell your parents hello for me. I think that it is really fun to see how different people live!

  4. Wow, what an incredible experience! I'm the opposite of Katie, though. I'll stay here. You just take a lot of pictures :)

  5. This is an awesome post. I feel like I've been to Thailand. It sounds like a great time. I'm so glad for you guys to have such a great experience. Awesome.

  6. Ha. That's rad. The salt toothpaste is a new one for me. I would always suggest taking all personal toiletry items when visiting Thailand. Deodorant, toothpaste, lotion... just don't straight up trust these items unless you know exactly where they came from.

  7. Lindsay,
    I found your blog through
    Amber's. What an amazing experience! It's been fun to see what's going on in your family's life through your blog. It sounds pretty incredible.
    Liz (Ward) Barnes

  8. It's YOU! I've missed being able to read how things are going your way. I'm glad that you are having so much fun. That toilet sign cracks me up!! I just don't understand salt herbal toothpaste! WHY?!? I love seeing your dad. Now I need a picture of your mom. Tell them hi for me. I miss them a lot. Do they have an amazing pantry there? ;0) Keep having fun and don't forget about us here waiting for the pics.

  9. How fun! We are glad you made it safe. Jonathan still asks about Kenz daily. Let me know if you need me to pick you up.