Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Day 83: Thailand
I arrived in Bangkok super early. Immigration was a nightmare. Since it was so early they only had a couple of lanes open with hundreds of people waiting to get in the country. I literally stood in line for over 2 hours. By the time I made it through, my luggage was no where to be found. When I asked the lady at the luggage desk she told I had to call a phone number about retrieving and finding my missing luggage. I was so exhausted that I couldn't even stop the tears from welling up in my eyes. I came this far only to lose my luggage because a poorly managed immigration line. Luckily, when I turned around I spotted my bags on the floor next to the carousal they had come off of. I wiped my tears and went in search of a place to sleep for a few hours.
Trying to sleep in the airport proved nearly impossible. I could not stop coughing and every time I closed my eyes the woman next to me would wake me up. I think she was afraid that if I fell asleep someone would steal my belongings. So, I waited for what felt like an eternity to check into my flight to Chiang Mai.
As soon as I got into the airport I went in search of food. Unfortunately, it was so early nothing was open. So, I had to wait until I got to Chiang Mai. While the flight was fine, I was miserable. I was exhausted and felt awful. All I wanted was a comfy bed. I couldn’t wait to get to our AirBNB and take a nap.
As soon as I landed I went to get a taxi to our house. The only thing I could think of was the comfy bed I was about to crawl into. Brian met me at the door and helped me get my bags inside. I immediately put my pajamas on and got in bed, only to find out that it was like sleeping on a plank of wood. It was so hard and so uncomfortable, but It didn't really matter. My exhaustion won over my comfort and I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
I really struggle with self care and it is becoming extremely clear to me that I get to figure that out because enough is enough.
When I woke up Brian had a birthday present for me. We won’t be together for my birthday, so he gave it to me early. It is a painting of an elephant and pretty much looks like my The Journey Within logo. I love it. He is truly the best brother I could have asked for. I am so grateful that we are taking this journey together.
After I opened my gift, I went back to sleep. Its time to start listening to my body and I am tired.