Another post from Rusty…The new normal isn’t anything like it used to be!
Bumpity bump bump! Bumpity bump bump! That’s the ride from our apartment to “town.” It’s a cross between a taxi and a tuk-tuk. Or maybe it’s the Thai version of a tuk-tuk, who knows! In America we would call it “the back of a pick-up truck with bleacher seats and hand rails.” Anyway, this Thai tuk-tuk is how we get to places that are too far to walk. We took it to a giant home furnishing place.
The journey is half the fun. The honking of cars, the zoom-zoom of motor bikes, the sight of electric wires strewn about because there are no codes, it’s all quite amazing. “250 baht please.” We hand the driver 1000 but he has no change. He says, “you come back?” We tell him, “in a couple hours,” two problems solved: the lack of no change, and a ride home.
We scamper around a bit, amazed at the giant of a store. We need a few things for our home: an oven, sheets for Sev’s new fold out bed, ice trays, and other things.
After purchasing our items, we have the store hold them while we venture to the super market. Pure chaos. The aisles are in no order. Oatmeal next to Coke, cereal next to soup, oh my! We were able to nab a quick lunch in the food court, yes, a food court in a grocery store. After gathering some fruits and snacks, it was time to meet our driver.
Bumpity bump bump! Bumpity bump bump! Back home. 500 baht for the round trip, about $16.
Just like we do after every outing to beat the heat, we jumped in the pool. The sun beating down, turning my skin from white to brown to a tint of crimson. Sev bobs to the surface just in time to see the red plastic soccer ball skipping across the water directly at his face! He laughs and throws it back. It’s been a good day! Most days are good days in Pattaya. Filled with beach air, sunshine, and coconut lotion, how could they not be?! Cookies and cakes have been replaced with watermelon and dragon fruit. Half-mile walks to the street food vendors have taken the place of five mile drives and wondering where to eat. The smell of the street food, ah. Grilled meats, fresh juices, and authentic Thai food. Every cart with their version of delicious. It’s simpler here, and I like it.