Ways to know you’re integrated (in Thailand)

    • You can no longer speak in just English, especially with other Peace Corps Volunteers. Instead you speak a mix of English and Thai. EX: “Can we go gin kaao?” (Gin Kaao = eat food).
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    • You start to run into people you know at your neighborhood cafe.

 

    • The ants trying to build a village in your bathroom no longer bother you. Nor do the spiders, geckos, giant moths… etc. etc. In fact, they have become your friends and you now give them names and talk to them from time to time.
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    • Being called fat, tall, short, small, or any other form of blunt adjective no longer phases you.

 

    • You can kill a bunch of mosquitoes given whatever household item is nearby, be it a flip flop, hand towel, or book.
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    • The word foreigner no longer bothers you and has become a part of your identity in the community. i.e. Kruu Farang: Foreign Teacher.

 

    • You start to call other foreigners you see pop up farangs, fully forgetting that you are also a farang. You’re THE community farang. These farangs will come and go.

 

    • Biking home in a heavy drizzle doesn’t bother you as long as your backpack is covered and your electronics are safe. You’ll dry off.. eventually.
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    • Thai music playing loudly in the background starts to make you tap your feet and sway back and forth.

 

    • You get excited when you find out that the nearest 7/11 is just 7km away.download-3.jpg

 

    • In fact anything that is within the 20km range doesn’t seem that far anymore. You’ve gotta get out there somehow.

 

    • You’re prepared to drag all of your laundry in at a moment’s notice given the slightest dark cloud in the sky.

 

    • After a weekend in Bangkok you’re drained (of money and energy) and so happy to be heading back to site.
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    • You have figured out how to optimize the use of the only table in your kitchen and have gotten quite good at cooking with minimal resources.

 

    • You bring a book to the bus stop because you know the bus schedule is just a nice idea.
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  • The 13 hour night bus no longer phases you (for the most part).

Overall, you feel welcome and you feel like this is your home. Some days are harder than others but you know this place has made an impact on your heart and will be a huge part of your life for the years to come. ❤

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