Obviously, there are lots of things to adjust to over here. Time change, language change, etc, but there are still some things that still catch me by surprise.
Bathrooms: Over here, bathrooms are much different than ones back home. One would naturally think that it is just common sense to separate the different parts of the bathroom, over here, not so much. The shower, toilet, and sink are all in just one big room. This of course makes no sense whatsoever to me. Why would you not separate the shower? Now every time you take a shower the whole bathroom gets wet!
Also, since most bathrooms over here on septic systems, you don’t flush toilet paper down the toilet. You have a separate trash can for that. I can actually understand this one, septic systems operate differently than a city sewage system and can be a pain to unclog and get working correctly.
Trash: Speaking of trash, many people in Thailand burn their trash. I was actually anticipating this one but it is still a change that I am not used too. Back in the states we all just put our trash cans out on the street on the designated day and the garbage truck comes and takes it away to some magic place.
Breakfast: At most of the hotels in town they try and cater to tourists. Many of them come from Europe. So many times they will have what they call an “English breakfast”, which is two pieces of toasts, two eggs, bacon, coffee and pork and beans. Pork and beans? Huh?
They were trying to come up with a new meal for lunch so one of the employees that we had become friends with asked me what they should serve with the Pork and Beans for lunch. I had to explain to her that not only do I not eat meat, but that Pork and Beans weren’t a top seller back in the states. She looked at me very confused, because in her mind America and England were the same, and people from England eat lots of Pork and Beans.
I had to explain to her some of the differences between America and England.
- We don’ t use honey on pancakes!
- We don’t consider pancakes to be a dessert.
- We don’t put each food item on a separate plate, we just dump it all together on plate.
And a few others that have nothing to do with breakfast but that I threw in anyway…
- We drive on the other side of the road!
- We don’t watch futbol. We watch football!
Scooters: In America, scooters are more of a novelty item. Here, they are a way of life. If you don’t have a scooter, you’re like the guy back home that doesn’t have a cell phone. When I figure out which side of the road to stay on, I’ll have to seriously consider getting one. Why? Because they are super cool and they are only like $1000!
Me: As you probably guessed, 6’2, bald black guys aren’t in high quantity over here. So many times when we go places people will just stare or begin pointing at and laughing incredulously at me. One guy in a store in town couldn’t believe what he was seeing and began to excitedly point and scream for his kids to look at the really tall black guy walking by! Lol Definitely going to take some time getting used to that.
All in all, despite my above attempts to be funny, things are going really well over here. As our friend over here Nathan put it, now days we complain over silly stuff. Back in the days when people actually were living on the frontier they experienced real problems. We consider problems to be slow internet, lukewarm showers, or air conditioning not being in each and every room.
If those are my biggest concerns, I think I’ll be ok.