Rotten teeth, awesome neighbors and everything in between
If it wasn’t for our neighbors……
If it wasn’t for our neighbors who generously invited us to the pools, we would not have learnt what is what like for an 18 year old girl attending school and for the boys to keep practicing something they love. Swimming!
If it wasn’t for our neighbors we would not have learnt how to cook some crazy spicy pork dish (which they thought was sweet) and seen what a Thai kitchen can look like. Also I found out that “special” salt our neighbor was talking about was MSG. Geud times.
If it wasn’t for our neighbors who invited us to the local temple (just getting ready to watch Deadpool) we would have not experienced young boys being ordained as novice monks, watch the grandma skull back a beer within a few min, old ladies dancing to what sounded like ABBA and the boys being shown off to their new friends school mates.
If it wasn’t for our neighbors who took me to a local market we would have kept going on a 40 min bus ride to the city for our fruit and vegetables because this market doesn’t show up in google maps.
If it wasn’t for our neighbors our kids would be eating their dinner. Instead they are getting fed snacks all day from fried bananas, fresh coconut, dried spicy things, rice, fruit, fried chicken and who knows what else.
If it wasn’t for our neighbors we would have to entertain our children for 3 more weeks and I think I would rather stab my own leg than entertain them in the middle of nowhere.
The air may be polluted, we might be far from the city and the smoke in the air may be making our snot black and burning our eyes but we are truly grateful for our neighbors. The story below explains why we love them even more.
A trip to the hospital
So I mentioned rotten teeth. Here’s how it went down. Gerhard has been having some trouble with his teeth being inflamed and has been causing him some sleepless nights. In our 9 years of being together I have never seen him in so much pain (I’ve seen a broken ACL, fractured rib, broken leg, concussion and period cramps) I thought he was having a stroke!! So with no taxis around and 1 motorbike our neighbors looked after the kids while we made our way to the hospital.
Thank fuck for modern medicine, having access to a medical facility and money in the bank. After a good hour Gerhard was away with the fairy’s and I was sitting on the toilet shitting my life out from something I ate. Actually I farted just before the nurse came in to give Gerhard his painkillers. Lucky they had a mask on. Smelt like a rat died in my ass.
Long story short he needs to get 3 teeth pulled out including two wisdom teeth on Monday. It also means a break in his training and with only 3 weeks left on our Visa its put a spanner into the works. We aren’t that isolated but in the moment we felt so far away from everything and had no idea what to expect. The staff at Bangkok hospital were beyond amazing and the standard of care was better than any hospital we have been to in Australia.
Encase you were wondering the kids couldn’t give two shits about us. They were too busy swimming at the pools, playing minecraft and eating fried chicken. They were pretty upset we came home.
Everything in between
We have been here just over a week and most of the time has been eating, napping, reading and playing but we have managed to get out and about. Here are some photos from Chiang Mai so far.
We can go all the places we want and see all these amazing things but for us it’s the people that have made each place come alive.
Anyone else been to Chiang Mai? Would love to hear what you did and things we should look out for 🙂