As Spotted on the Thai Side

Journaling Life in Thailand

Happy Tuesday everyone! What’s in your cup today? I’m just grabbing a quick coffee today as I’ll be heading out with Toby’s cousin, Susi, this morning. She just arrived from Berlin on Saturday and we’re so excited to have her. We’ve been alternating between encouraging her to relax by the pool and hightailing it to all the things we want to show her about Chiang Mai and Thailand, like shopping in the night markets, petting tigers, visiting temples, and hanging out with the locals. And of course, all that includes a food tour of our favorite places to eat, because what’s travel without good food, right?

Are you an adventurous eater when you travel or do you tend to stick to what you know? I consider myself pretty adventurous, but I draw the line at bugs and dog meat. (Luckily, Thai people don’t eat dogs.) And I’ve tried but don’t like liver, blood, snails, and chicken feet.

It’s funny; last night I counted up how many people we’ve hosted at our house or entertained from out of town. In the last year we’ve been here, we’ve had 29 different people! By the end of this year, I think we’ll have had 36. (And that’s not counting repeat visits!) I’m thinking I should open a hotel.

Last night we took her to one of the little street market places. Our favorite is right by the agricultural university, and it caters to the university students. We love it because it’s close by, there’s a vendor we’re friendly with, and it’s kind of fun that we’re pretty much the only white faces there.

In other news, I finally (finally!) started watching Downton Abbey. That show is awesome! I knew I’d love it and couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on a copy. In the words of my husband, “Maggie Smith is a gangsta.’” Even if I didn’t love the show, I would watch it just to see her say something ridiculously fantastic.

{Mrs. Crawley: “I’ll take that as a compliment.”
Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: “Oh, I must have said it wrong.”} HA!

{and my other favorite: “What is a weekend?”} I love that woman.

Anyway, I’m going to have to cut this short as I have a lot of prep work for SOLD to do this week as well. And I have to go to a Europeaid meeting tomorrow. We’ll be meeting with EU representatives and other NGOs about funding, which is exciting, but it will be a whole day. Bleah. So I can count on getting nothing done tomorrow. And I’ll be going up to SOLD a day early this week because a bunch of our kids graduated (YAY!!!), some from high school and a couple from technical colleges. We’re so excited and we’re going to celebrate with them.

Thanks for dropping by for coffee and the chat. Tell me what’s going on in your pocket of the world!


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12 thoughts on “As Spotted on the Thai Side

  1. I have GOT to start watching Downton Abbey!

    And you ate chicken feet for real? I've tried blood (in black pudding form) and snails, but I'm not sure that I'd be brave enough to try chicken feet. Were they…crunchy?

    • The ones I had were fried, so I basically couldn't figure out how to eat them – they were too hard! But Toby had it prepared in other ways and he describes it as "a little bit rubbery, a little bit cartilage-y, and tastes a bit like chicken fat."

      Soooo…if that didn't put you off your appetite… ;)

  2. For real NOT as adventurous as you when it comes to food. I'll listen to your experience but I can't bring myself to try chicken feet. ;o) Go you!!! This was a really fun post! I need to watch Downtown Abbey. It's right down my alley.

  3. i am NOT an adventurous eater – at all! i'm quite the opposite. i have some old faithfuls and I stick to that!

    hosting 36 ppl in one year?! wow that has got to be exhausting! but it's nice people can visit you and enjoy your company!

    TRISH – Virtual Coffee

  4. If you are opening a hotel, then save me spot. Thailand is on my bucket list and now that I know someone that actually lives there….hmmmm…I must win the lottery then I can afford to do all that stuff.

    Have fun with your visitor, and paint the town red. Ciao!

  5. I seem to have gotten stuck on the chicken feet too…

    Also, I totally need to start watching Downtown abbey, but I tend to be unfashionably late to all the fads, I'm only now reading the Hunger games… Maybe in a few more weeks…

    If I make it to Thailand in this lifetime, will you show me around chang mai??

  6. I love catching up on all of your photos and getting a flavour for what it's like to live in Thailand – I'm not surprised about all your visitors, it's looks like such an exciting place to visit.

    I'm fairly adventurous when it come to foreign foods. I also draw the line at dog and horse though! I think it's one of my favourite parts of travelling, trying out new dishes.

    Have a lovely evening,


  7. I'm definitely an adventurous eater (but that doesn't mean I don't still crave a hamburger or slice of pizza while I'm traveling. Or banana pancakes! Never ate those before, but they pop up a lot on the backpackers circuit and you're always glad when they do haha). I've tried and liked blood, liver, AND snails. And add to that list beef intestine, which actually turned out to be one of my favorite snacks (in sandwich form, in Istanbul). Plus, don't freak out…I've eaten dog…it was coyote, but I think that still counts as dog to most people. I would never eat Fido, of course.

    All those visitors and you're not even doing CouchSurfing! Nice. I'm sure it keeps things interesting, but I know from experience that it gets very tiring after awhile. Make sure you take regular breaks from hosting! :-)

  8. I'm SO GLAD you're watching Downton Abbey! Love that show to itty bitty bits — Justin and I had many happy sunday evenings laughing at Maggie's antics :) I'm kind of jealous of you that you get to have it for the first time!!

  9. finally, i'm dropping by for coffee…

    i'm not surprised you're having so many visitors! i'd come visit if i could :)

    i gave my dad downton abbey dvds and a behind-the-scenes book for his birthday on friday – and maggie smith has ALL the best lines, doesn't she???

    love all the news and pics xxx

  10. I love these posts! I am an adventurous eater, but only thanks to Thailand. I have had to eat the dreaded chicken foot. My husband and I were served a chicken foot stew once. We didn't want to offend the hospitality so we did the best we could, but it was awful! Other than that, I love Thai food…but not bugs and livers either.

    Yay for Downton! Loved it so much! And Maggie is a hoot!