Excerpt from one of my trips across the world:
I woke up to the urban sounds and exotic aromas of this river delta city. I couldn’t wait to get out and taste every delicious good I was smelling. I started with the mango and sticky rice for breakfast followed by the pad thai for lunch—all from street vendors.
My friend and I stopped and shopped in one of the many street markets. These markets are packed with people from all over the world buying just about anything.
Of course, we wanted to buy everything since it is much cheaper and more exotic than items in the US.
I controlled myself since I still had to carry my pack for the next two months.
We walked the through areas where the poorer locals live. It was an eye opener to see this way of life.
They live very simply. Their homes consist of scrap wood nailed together and covered in plastic to keep the monsoon rains out. Inside is a bed and in the corner a few possessions.
They work just outside their door at a stand selling either food or accessories, which makes them next to nothing in cash.
Although they are living in poverty, they still come across as such kind and happy people. It is inspiring how people make the most out of the situation they are in and keep a positive attitude.
I must admit that I think it would be really hard to live this life, yet they make it seem easy by their mega-wat smiles and welcoming personalities.
It’s interesting how we all have different paths which lead to living very different lives. The Thai people remind me it’s our attitudes that shape how we live each day than anything tangible.
One of the great things about travelling, whether it’s a trip across town, a weekend in the country or extended travel to far off places is the opportunity to learn about other people and what makes them truly happy.