Thailand: A beautiful place full of delicious and mysterious foods to eat.
I am writing to you from the rooftop of my hotel in Bangkok. The view and infinity pool are enough to make me not want to ever leave, but this would become an extremely boring travel blog if all I did was sit in the same spot for 6 months. So I guess I will do my diligence and leave the rooftop at some point.
So far our adventure has taken us on an A380 for 14 hours, layover in Guangzhou, China for 3 hours (where we spent about $40 on two small coffees, 2 eggs and 1 piece of bacon….won’t be making that mistake again) and then another 3 hour flight to Bangkok, Thailand. We’re extremely thrown off by the change in time zones, but oh well, can’t stop won’t stop!
We’re only a day or so into our journey, but already I’ve started
making notes on what my largest challenges are going to be while abroad and what I can improve on in the future. So far the challenges I have encountered and anticipate revolve around food. I don’t anticipate too many challenges in regards to exercising since I’ll have access to a gym for a majority of the trip and have brought both of the fitGevity resistance band sets with me. Once we get adjusted to the change in time zone I also won’t worry about getting proper sleep.
My Greatest Weakness in Life: FOOD!
Like I just said, I anticipate my greatest challenge while traveling to revolve around food. Here’s why:
- I’m in the land of noodles and rice.
- We’ll be eating out on the regular. Therefore sodium and calorie intake is a concern.
- “What in the world am I eating?” moments have already commenced.
- Drinking enough water is not as easy as it use to be.
While I am concerned about my calorie and sodium intake it’s not a hopeless situation. I’m going to have to exercise some serious restraint when it comes to my meal selection, but there are still delicious options that don’t include noodles or rice, or can be modified to exclude both forms of the tasty simple carb. Also, I’m extremely excited to check out the daily fresh markets in Chiangmai where we’ll be spending a majority of our time abroad. Sadly, we won’t have a kitchen in our apartment so cooking is out for awhile. However, we do have a fridge! I’m planning on stocking up on all of the super fresh produce options available and snacking on those. In addition, we’ll be taking advantage of the fresh seafood options. As far as “What in the world am I eating?” moments, I think being smart about meal choices and asking questions will keep me from going off the calorie and sodium deep end.
Consuming enough water is huge. I’m accustomed to being able to drink fresh and clean water whenever I want to, and usually drink water continuously throughout the day. This feat is not as easily accomplished while abroad. The phrase “don’t drink the water” is not to be messed with, so that means constantly buying bottled water. Luckily our hotel offers complementary bottled water and our apartment comes with purified jugs of water, but I’m still a bit concerned while we are out and about exploring. I’ll probably carry bottled water with me or purchase water while we’re out. Once again, not a hopeless situation, but requires more conscious thought than it did in the past.
Learn from my mistakes.
At 26, this is my first time traveling abroad; sad I know, but better late than never. I had my first airplane dining experience and definitely will be making changes on the way back to the US. Both meals were alright; they were packed full of sodium and included white rice and dinner roll. Luckily, they also came with fresh fruit and frozen veggies. Next time I’ll be brining some healthy snacks such as almonds and veggies to help curb my hunger so I don’t go all out on those TV dinners. I also didn’t drink enough water. I should have pestered the flight attendants for more water or have been prepared and brought my own, but failed on both of those accounts. In summation, next time I will:
- Bring a few bottles of water, or a water bottle that can be filled on the plane.
- Purchase healthy snacks preferably before arriving at the airport.
Well that’s it for today, stay tuned for more adventures in Thailand. Time to go enjoy the pool instead of watching everyone else frolic around! Until next time.
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