June 18, 2011
As I was perched on one of my chosen benches in
Parke Calderone today…it came to mind that
I hadn’t written anything in quite some time.
Well, nothing has really happened with the
exception of my recent trip back to Thailand.
So…I rushed back to my apartemento and
started writing. This is the result.
I know…I know…Exciting isn’t it? :) :)
Just as a tiny refresher…my latest trip to Thailand…
occurred about 2 months ago and lasted a whole
month...in the Land of Smiles.
For those who do not know (even though I
mentioned this in my last Blog)…I have decided
to return once again (this time to stay) to Thailand…
specifically Chiang Mai.
The reasons (3 major) are few but for me…
powerful (forgive me if I am repeating myself
from the previous Blog).
Wine…Women…and Song…Just Kidding :) :)
No…the real reason(s) for me are the following:
Firstly…is the Weather. Yes it’s eternal spring in
Cuenca…which by the way… is located “high” in
the Andes (elevation 8500 ft). This keeps the weather
(depending on each of the two seasons) in the low
40F’s [at night] to mid 70F’s [mid afternoon] on a
Now… for most folks this would be ideal.
For someone (like yours truly)…who because of
my ten (10) “beach living” years in S. Florida
and three (3) years in Thailand…not so ideal.
In fact…mornings and especially evenings…
it is Downright Chilly (if not cold).
Yes it’s warm to hot in Thailand year-round but…
I’ll take that over being chilled and/or cold
anytime…"more my speed".
Scondly…is the food. I’ve said this many times
before so…forgive me if you feel I’m repeating
myself (I am). Nobody…Not Anywhere and at
Anytime…can even come close to the Taste of
Thai Food. That by the way…also includes
multitudes of fresh fruits and vegetables that one
can stand. ‘Nuff said!
Thirdly: (but definitely not least)…and remember…
me being a single guy…are the Thai Women.
Once again…’Nuff Said!
So there you have it…my three (3) main reasons
for returning to “LOS” (Land of Smiles). Now…
don’t get me wrong…as there are many more
reasons than the three I just mentioned.
The following is a gentle touch on this
“incomplete” list of reasons.
I would need to first mention…the easy
going and smiling Thai peoples…the simple
life-styles…the plethora of entertainment…
”in” and “nearby” country travels…the
availability of modern goods…foodstuffs etc.
This along with many and varied venues of
entertainment…world class (and very low cost)
medical treatment…and you may now...
understand some of the reasons for my deciding
to return to Thailand…specifically Chiang Mai.
On my way:
In my last writing...I mentioned that I had not yet
made any concrete dates for my return.
Obviously that has now changed.
For those interested…I will be leaving Cuenca
on September 1st…leaving Ecuador on
September 2nd and then…spending time with
family and friends in South Florida for a week.
After my Florida fling…it’s back on the plane
to Upstate and Downstate New York for more
family. This will encompass a few days and then
back in the air and…onward too Chiang Mai,
Thailand via Inchon, S. Korea.
As my mind is always thinking ahead…it hit
me that (and this is extremely important!)...
I need to settle on a “New Title” for my Blog
(told you it was important) :)
Something tells me that “A Single Expat in
Cuenca”...when I’m going to be living in
Thailand…well…just won’t cut it.
So…now comes the real work. If you think
coming up with a good solid title is easy…
well…plain and simple…It Is Not and…
not by a long shot! So…I‘m throwing this
out to anyone who is interested in assisting me…
in my quest for a new title. No…I’m not
promising I’ll use your suggestion but…
Oh yes…for those that may be looking for
compensation re: the above…let me say this
now and upfront and in a friendly way.
Ain’t No Way No How! Plain enough?
all your suggestions will be welcomed!
Back in Cuenca
As of now…I’m basically living in limbo.
Some (not all) of my compadres in Cuenca
know of my upcoming re-expatriating to
Thailand. That said…word (I believe) is
spreading rapidly. This is after all…
a fairly small Gringo community.
One of my personal grievances here in
Cuenca and a fairly strong reason behind my
move (no…its not a big deal) is finding things
to do along with other people (many married
couples...which complicates things). This…
has never been easy. I personally like to be able
to share experiences.
Where’s the fun in sightseeing solo?
So…for now I am biding my time and “just”
starting to think of putting items up for sale…
thinking of pre-packing luggage (YUK) and…
a few thousand other small things that need
to be addressed.
Rest assured that when things start popping
and I have some news for you…I will
definitely “wind up my thinking cap” and
send off a new…updated Blog.
BTW…Please (and seriously)…
if anyone has a title suggestion for my Blog…
for when I’m residing in Thailand…
please let me know. Who knows…
maybe one day you can tell your friends that...
my Blog title was your idea.
Now…wouldn’t that make you feel “special” ? :)
Until next time…Have a great day J