I wrapped my arms around him, held him tight against my body; the warmth, the comfort and security…I wouldn’t be back in these arms for 30 days, so I etched this very moment on the forefront of my mind to carry with me, along with the love I carry in my heart as I drove away in the taxi, staring back at the man I love who got smaller and smaller as I looked back in the distance. And then I was alone, on the other side of the world, 7,457 miles away from home.
Through the streets of Bangkok, I had tuk-tuks and motorbikes flying by me, as I watched the blurs of color, lights and sounds pass me by, it had me feeling like I was in a trancelike state. The last 32 days in Thailand came rushing through my mind, moments flashing in front of me like an old movie reel, rolling, spinning and projecting pictures, all flowing into a collaborative of one big story.
From the racing heart of Bangkok, to the laid back beaches of Krabi, to the reggae island of Koh Phi Phi, to the lively fish markets in Phuket, up to the mountainous lands of Chiang Mai & into the Hilltribes of Chiang Rai. Each place holds its own differentiating characteristics, full of vibrancy & culture. A month long honeymoon that was full of immense amounts of adventure, romantic days and nights, fun memories, haggling, laughing, fighting, barfing, teaching, learning, and most of all LOVING.
Build your foundation on LOVE. This is the premise of our story.
I could give you the ole, “Once upon a time…” but that’s typically followed by a series of events that are left shoved under the rug until you reach your, “happily ever after”. Our story goes much different. We set out on a trip that we could give more, find more; where we could put life between those lines, where we will be challenged, pushed, and found true, not just in our individual lives, but within our marriage…
So now, to rewind back to when those wheels first touched down and we were dropped into the smorgasbord of a city, Bangkok! Wriggling our way through the mobs of people, clinging onto our bags, arguing with Tuk-Tuk drivers, all while inhaling the black cloud of soot, smog and stink of the city. Ahhhh paradise! The griminess is what gives this place its charm.
We made no agendas for how to spend our days on this honeymoon. We left it open solely to walk and be guided by our wonder, which made it easy for open spontaneity and live in the moment decisions.
We never could have expected or planned to spend our first night out in Thailand sharing a street meal with the locals. While moseying around, we stumbled onto busy sidewalks full of Thai people dressed in all black, handing out full meals to everyone walking by, along with candies, juices, crackers, waters, and all other types of miscellaneous goodies. At first we were so apprehensive to take anything at all, not knowing what we had just walked into. But several women insisted that we share a homemade spicy Thai basil chicken with them. So we ate!
Still trying to figure out WHY was all of this happening, we walked and walked and walked through the crowds of what ended up being tens of thousands of people, we finally got some answers. Since the King (King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand) had very recently passed, we had walked ourselves straight into a candle lighting ceremony, that was hosted for about 8 hours, where at 10pm all of those tens of thousands of Thai people lit a candle to signify the light and love of their beloved King and sang the royal anthem in his honor. Talk about a way of being thrown straight into a culture rich country.
With our heads still spinning, we hopped onto our plane the next day to land in Krabi! The sun and sand ranging from Aonang to Railay Beach quickly had us mesmerized. From the aqua colored water, the enormous limestone rocks shooting out of the ocean, to the plethora of Thai women following us around calling, “Massage! Massage! Massage! You want massage?”
We spent our first day there praying for the sun during this rainy season we had arrived in…
(To be continued in further chapters 😘🙏🏽)