I can’t help but begin this blog without referring to the famously bad Europe song, The Final Countdown. Why? Well for one, it’s in my head often and it’s not because I actually like the song. But, I do feel like it’s a fitting soundtrack for this, my final week at Thida, in Surat Thani, and in Thailand for that matter.
It’s sad to go and certainly the emotions will take me by surprise in my final hours but as it stands right now, I’m ready to move on. My time here has been exceptional and will certainly be remembered as some of the best times spent in my adult life, however, it’s that point in time where a change is needed.
All of the things that have become so commonplace to me will fade away into memory and will be replaced, firstly, by the old, and what now feels foreign, time at home. Certainly there will be some reverse culture shock once I step off the plane in freezing cold NYC. People will be speaking English, prices will be high, and life will be moving at a frenetic pace when compared to the ponderous pace sometimes found in the tropics of South East Asia.
Where will all of the tuk tuks and scooters be? They’ll be replaced by SUVs and yellow cabs. Where will all of the 10 baht pork sticks and sticky rice street carts be? They’ll be replaced with pizza-by-the-slice and hotdogs. I’m looking forward to food and life in America but not its huge price tag. I’m looking forward to a lot, but I know that it won’t be long before I’m missing Thailand and its cheap laissez-faire lifestyle and ready to leave America and not look back.
It’s been nearly 4 years since I first left America and I know a life abroad is what’s in the cards for me in the future. I’m excited to leave Thailand, go home to America, and leave again as soon as possible.
Next stop: Hong Kong!