What’s happened to me? I used to shop at Nordstrom and Brighton Collectibles, and all of a sudden, I find myself spending hours at REI, Patagonia and other outdoor/camping retailers, looking at fast-drying, microfiber towels that fit in my pocket, and waterproof hiking shoes (for the Peace Corps).
This is the first time in my life that I’ve tried to pack almost three-weeks worth of clothes into one 45L backpack.
I’ve spent hours online, and at REI researching backpacks that pack like a suitcase. I also watched YouTube videos on how to use packing cubes; something I’ve never heard of before.
Yes we have the same name, isn’t that something!
It’s time for me to start thinking like a student again, especially as I’m off to Thailand, where I shall be sharing an apartment with 3-4 other volunteers. I have no idea what to expect, and keep my fingers crossed that I shall succeed in getting Baht, from the airport ATM, as well as a Thai SIM card.
I’m supposed to meet a rep at the airport who is driving me to the hotel. It’s all done through the Bamboo-Project organizers, and I trust all will go smoothly, although I have been warned about “Thai-time” which sounds similar to “Belize-time.”
I’m flying on China Eastern airlines to Shanghai, in business, thanks to a free ticket with my miles. Sadly, I read that due to our departure time at 1 a.m., no meals are served, and I was looking forward to a glass of champagne and some “gourmet” dinner. (Not sure if I would pick Chinese or Western food) but this may no longer be an option. Oh well, at least I should have a comfortable seat, and be able to sleep. The flight lasts fourteen hours and then I have a six-hour layover in Shanghai, before leaving for Bangkok.
I checked reviews on China Eastern, and they were not that promising, as far as service and quality, but I’m lucky to be in Business class, and try this for the first time.
I hope you follow me on my journey to Koh Samui, Thailand.