The pace here is slower. People are not in a hurry, and no one is stressed out. I see how I keep pushing inside to try to stay at the pace I am so accustomed to, and how when I do, I find nothing but frustration. When I let go, and change my mindset that life is not all about productivity, and time crunching, I start to enjoy. I start to notice the faces of the people and try to imagine how they feel or what they think of these two Americans trying desperately to communicate.
Manny usually does most of the communicating. He says I talk too fast so he talks for us both, VERY SLOWLY, AND PATIENTLY. He is very patient. His mind is happy most of the time and he really enjoys everything around us. I am also happy, but there is many times in my day that I just get frustrated when I can’t communicate or when I don’t know where I am going.
Today, we went around the corner from our house to find “the laundry lady” because I am now officially on my last outfit. We ask a woman watering her plants, as we point down to our dirty laundry bag, “laundry?” She point us in the direction and off we go ready to find the laundry lady. We pulled up next to a house that had the most clothes hanging all around and assumed this was the laundry shop. With our bag of dirty laundry on our scooter, and inquiring looks on our faces, a lady emerged from the back of this little make shift house. There were clothes hanging from every surface of her “front porch area,” and she looked like she had her work cut out for her. Her mobile clothes rack was already full and it seemed as though the thought of doing our clothes was almost too much. But seeing our faces, and not really able to tell us no, she agreed to take the clothes. All we could do was try to decipher her words and expressions because she did not speak a word of English.
We started counting on our fingers 1,2,3,4 and we would say O’clock? and point downward to the ground to indicate today. She started counting, we were counting, between the two of us I was not sure if she was counting money, clothes, or time. She pulled out one of my tank tops and pointed at me. “XV*&^?” she asks. I said, pointing to me, “yes, that is mine.” She mumbled, “Huu..Tumalo” and she motions her hand for us to return. But we have given her everything. Even the one sheet we have for our bed. We want to tell her that we can’t wait until tomorrow because we don’t have anything else to sleep on. But we know she will never understand all that, so Manny goes over, pulls out our sheet, and says, holding up his index finger, “One” and then shakes his head and finger together, “I don’t have more.” Another man from a side cart came over after seeing us struggling to communicate and says, “Ah…*XV#$%.” “OK,” the lady replies, and points down to the ground and then makes a rolling sign with her hand as she indicates for us to come later today. We understand her, she will do the sheet today, and we can come back later to pick it up. WHEW!!! We did it! We drove away hoping we were all on the same page. I think for doing all of our laundry and ironing all our clothes “except for my underwear,” Manny says, it will cost 80THB which is a little less than $3.00. Wow! Life in Thailand is good.
- Adjusting to Thai culture
- Chang Mai
- Cheap to Live in Thailand
- Fair Trade
- Filosophy Online
- Joining a gym in Chaing Mai
- Listening to your Intuition
- Living Your Dreams
- Planning Steps Before Leaving The Country
- Quit your job to live your dream
- Retire Early
- Temples in Chiang Mai
- Travel with Pets
- Vending at Music Festivals
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