Thailand, Anna and “Sanuk”

7 04 2013

Bangkok, The Floating Market and Ayutthaya

I spent 15 days in Thailand this year and it was indeed a dream come true. While other people dream of babies, house ownership and advanced career development, I dream about seeing the world!  I mean the entire world and Thailand was very very up on my “to travel to” list. Hopefully October will mean another “dream destination” coming true.

First half of our day in B

First half of our first day in Bangkok

We arrived on the 1st of March and while I consider myself an experienced traveller, I learned that day that I am still prone to stupid mistakes. We landed at 6 am and, instead of going for a nap and wake up with new strength, we started exploring Bangkok right away and my SPF 20 protection felt like none existent. We travelled without accomplishing anything, except, in my case, a sun burn and a case of self-doubt.  For every temple we wanted to see, we were told that it’s closed at that time or for the day and of course, we were recommended more expensive ways to pass our time. After a visit to “pier 7” hoping for a boat ride, we gave up and went back to our hotel via the Thai version of the tuk tuk.

After a few hours of sleep we woke up just in time for dinner and from that moment on, everything went smoothly. We ate in a very nice place, full of locals. We went there because it was full of Thai people looking like they were having the best meal of their lives. And it was great. We discovered EST Cola and although I am not a cola drinker of any brand, even that felt good. Maybe because it was cold and we were in Bangkok 😀

Feed them by your dead skin!

Feed them by your dead skin!

That evening we walked around the area our hotel was in, had some more amazing food, great fish therapy for our exhausted legs, we indulged in a bit of shopping and simply got to know the place… and the 7/11 store.  😛 We booked a trip for the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in the Ratchaburi Province for the next day and I went to sleep with a satisfied grin.

If you read about the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, you will find out that it’s full of tourists and you should skip it and go for another floating market. Well, I think it was lovely. I wasn’t bothered by the small jams on the canal, of the multitude of vendors and people. I think it has a charming atmosphere and our half day trip was pretty cool. Of course, by 10 am we were out of the canal and going to a small Thai village. Unfortunately I did not catch the name, but I am sure it’s very touristy as well 😀 It was included in our tour and remains one of my favourite parts of the entire trip. I loved this day. It was full of colour, happy people, and good food, and in general a sense of peace and well-being.  The only disappointment was the size of my head as none of the pretty hats would fit… well, it’s not like I can do anything about this anyway 😀


The market

We came back to Bangkok at noon, went to the palace and the surrounding area, we saw the reclining Buddha and a few other places and by evening time, I was already in need of a nap. That night Anshu and I went to Siam Niramit, allegedly Thailand’s “must-see” show. Well, don’t go if you are tired. The costumes and the music are beautiful, but I felt asleep 3 times during the show so I guess that says it all. Of course going back to our hotel, we got lost and we panicked a little bit but everything was all right at the end.

Our third day in Thailand was dedicated to Ayutthaya. I truly believe it’s a must see if you are passionate about ruins, temples and history. I love it; truly loved it and I think I took photos of every stone and every Buddha possible. We met a Buddhist monk, well more like my friends did, I just took pictures; I found a hat big enough for my big head and at times I felt like we were intruders by stepping on the green grass and looking at the pieces of history reminiscent from an era long gone. I wonder what of value will we leave behind for our descendants to look at 1000 year from now. If our world will live to see it! For me this day was both fun and very instructive as I am was not at all familiar with Buddhism, or with the Thai history.



In my next post I will write about the party islands, as little time as we spent there, and about why I hope to return to Thailand every 2 years at least 😀

Me happy 😀

India = Heaven

12 05 2010

Well, maybe not exactly Heaven but very close to my Idea of Heaven 🙂

I wake up every morning with a big smile on my face… I get ready to work knowing that before I reach the office I will stop in Barista for a Mango smoothie with vanilla on top 🙂 This might be the main reason for my smile 😛 I take the bus 😀 I leave early because at 8 am the bus is kind of empty so I have my space 🙂 And people don’t stare that much 😛

At 8:30 I am in the office… it is almost empty… Only the security guys are there, with a welcoming smile 🙂 I love the fact that for a few minutes I have the entire 15th floor all to myself!

I spend the day enjoying my work and learning new stuff from very smart people 🙂 And I have so much to learn 🙂 Last week I conquered the ECM system, this week I published my first story on the intranet :)… Me proud… Maybe for some people this isn’t much but for me it felt like a victory 🙂

Lunch is again a very nice part of the day… I eat my salads… mostly Chicken pasta… and I have one day of the week for junk food from MacDonald’s 😀 The lunch is so nice because most of the time we eat all together and it’s so much fun. I get to try home cooked Indian food and know more about India in general … Btw, I believe Indian cuisine is amazing…

Every day I am thankful to myself for applying for this internship and thankful to the people that felt that I could be good for the job 😀 I hope they feel the same still 😛

At the end of the day, I reach home; I read my e-mails, meet my friends and generally have a good time… Books, surfing the internet, admiring my friends work from far away… These are things that keep me smiling… I love my room and I love Alice… I will miss her the 3 months she will be back in Hungary 🙂

Alice 🙂

I was reading tonight some of the first posts in Ghana… It’s such a huge difference… The things I felt then, compared with the beginning of my experience in India… One thing is sure 🙂 Ghana was a very good preparation for India and I am grateful for that 🙂

I am happy I didn’t choose Europe, Romania, Iasi, my home 🙂 Playing safe is boring and boredom is one of the worse things on Earth 😛 India is not perfect but it’s close to my idea of Heaven 🙂 I enjoy my everyday life, my weekends, my work and the new life I am trying to build here.

Me happy 😀

PS: This Sunday I am going to an Indian wedding and I am very excited about it 😀

Crazy March :D

31 03 2010

Written at 5 pm 🙂

I am on my way to Iasi now, with my visa on my passport and my passport in my pocket, and this, my friends, is the best feeling ever. I had a very crazy month. A very very very crazy one….

On 4th of March I got matched. On 5th I already called the embassy and asked about visa procedures. Looking on what I needed for the visa, I booked my first ticket for 20 of March, thinking that I have enough time to get it. Of course I was wrong. When I was at the peak of my stress and thinking that I won’t get all the papers I need in time, BA decided to go on strike and they saved me more than 200 euro’s. Dear British Airways employees, thank you very much! 😀 Between all the people that were affected by your decision, there was one very happy girl that said thank you 🙂 They did changed my ticket without additional costs 😀 Isn’t that nice?

I booked my second ticket for 2nd of April thinking that this time it will be enough time to get all the documentation ready. Of course that I lost all hope last Friday when my application was still incomplete. But I got it all back somehow on Monday when I got the last document 😀 Monday night I was on my way to Bucharest, thinking of course at all the thing that might go wrong once I reach the embassy.

On Tuesday morning I was looking at the other people that were there to apply for the visa. The 2 girls in front of me couldn’t apply because there files were incomplete. They needed some documents from India in original (if that is the right term). You don’t want to imagine what was on my mind in that moment since I only had the scanned copies from the documents from AIESEC India and my TN Taker.  Anyway, I got in the front of the lady that was checking the files and the person that approves the visa came in the room. She showed him my file and they decided to give me the visa. And not just for six months but for one year :D. This happened although my passport expires in June 2011 so there aren’t at least 6 months between the end of my internship and my passport date of expire. So the bottom line is I don’t have to come back after 6 month and apply for the visa again.

I already love these people 😀

And I even caught the 5pm train to Iasi.  So my 2 days in Bucharest were happy days 😀 And I will get to have my first coffee in India with Sahil, on 3rd of April 😀

Me {(very + very + very) x 10.000 + very x N} happy 😀

PS: All I have to do now is figure out how I will take everything I need/want with me 🙂 So wish me luck 😀

On Sunday I will speak in Romanian for more than 10 minutes :)

17 07 2009

Hello world, Hello AIESEC, Hello my dear friends 🙂

I miss many things right now, although I am excited and I feel very much ALIVE.

I miss my girls (they celebrated Cosmina‘s birthday yesterday).  I miss my MC Team (Alex posted some pictures on facebook and suddenly I felt like I want to be there with them).  I miss my family (my mother’s birthday is next week). I miss Iasi, my hometown (today there are 34 degrees Celsius compared with 26 in Accra)….

My life in Ghana is really exciting but a friend of mine told me that maybe somehow I am trying to create my own Romania here in Accra…  I don’t know if it’s true….

The fact that on Sunday I will spend some time meeting Liviu, the Romanian guy that lives in Ghana for about 2 years, will probably make me feel more at home, than I already do… So I will speak in Romanian on Sunday, with a Romanian 🙂 I will drink a glass of wine and I will celebrate the fact that the world is small 🙂 I will create a small Romania in Accra and I will enjoy every moment…

Me happy 😀

PS: Today in the morning I walked to work listening Coldplay and The Killers… what can be better than that?

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