before booking a trip to an exotic location, you’d think the first thing on the to-do list would be to check the weather and figure out the best time of year to go. and if that happened before boarding the thailand-bound plane, i definitely would not have gotten on. cause it would have been discovered that thailand has 3 seasons: hot, hotter & mind-meltingly hot. and april is the HOTTEST month of the mind-meltingly hot season. now check the date, folks. and now, take pity on me. take pity on the puddle formerly known as babita patel.
now that we’re outta bangkok and into the northern hills of thailand, it has just gotten hotter. so i’ve spent the past week hopscotching from one sliver of shade to the next. from standing in front of one oscillating fan to the next. fantasizing about my next shower. and please, if i don’t make it home, send in the army, navy, US coast guard, anyone to clean up the spill that is bp.
and now for a vocab lesson. thai means freedom. the king changed the name siam to thailand (“land of freedom”) to reinforce the pride of being the only southeast asian country never to be ruled by a foreign nation. pad means stir. so pad thai means stir freedom. kinda funny in a sweet way. and somehow makes the act of congress to change french fries to freedom fries seem even more absurd.
and i firmly believe every restaurant in thailand has only 1 chef. cause meals come out 1 at a time. so to feed a table of 8 people, it takes a good 2 hours. and you’d think you’d want to be the first one to get served at your table. but not really. cause by the time the last person gets served, the first person to get served is usually hungry again. and you’re completely outta luck if another big group gets to the restaurant seconds before you. cause they work on a first come, first serve basis. but last night, went to a five star restaurant. could tell the rating cause 2 meals came out at a time. meaning 2 chefs.
or maybe restaurants have multiple chefs, but just one pot. hmmm….
now, it’s time for me to go sit on a block of ice.