Thursday, 3 January 2008

Different place or different person?

I'm pinching myself at the moment! Can it be? Is it real? Here I am sitting on my balcony in Bangkok, blogging!

We arrived yesterday! Only a day here now, and we leave for Ko Lanta tomorrow.

As I arrive in Thailand I'm filled with anticipation. It has been almost four years since I was last in The Land of Smiles. I've been aiming and hoping to come back ever since. Now that I'm finally here - what will I make of it? I'm older, hopefully wiser, with a boyfriend beside me; in a completely different place within myself from when I was here before. I'm fascinated to know whether the feeling I remember was more a reflection of the place I was within myself, on my own journey, or whether the place - Thailand itself - delivered the feeling.

I remember feeling strong, content, indepedent and extremely relaxed. I find it intriguing how travelling to a different place physically, can almost make you feel like a different person. New experiences, and completely different cultures can tend to fuel what I can only describe as an alter ego... With usual social boundaries altered, individuals are automatically and perhaps subconsiously slightly tweeked to a different state of mind...

I'm looking forward to experiencing our journey unfold, as our view of what's important alters - now that we are less concerned or seduced with cars, clothes and houses, and more concerned with mozzy repellent and staying hydrated!!

4 comments:

Kate said...

Good luck with it all - I "found" you via Ruby's blog and will be looking forward to reading all about your adventure with great interest. Living abroad is a dream of mine, and i'm always looking for new sources of courage to get on and do it one day, even though i know it has to come from me!

21st Century Mummy said...

Hooray - you've landed. What a great escape ;-D

thaiqa said...

Hey, hope it all works out for you!

Tina - Freebird Professional said...

Kate - hello and welcome.. Thanks for visiting. I hope this site provides you with some insights to living and working abroad so that you can decided whether or not it is the right thing for you.