Monday, July 29, 2013

Save the Radish Greens!

If you're like me, you don't get to the farmer's markets as often as you hope to. The intention is there, but then Saturday or Sunday morning rolls around and the organic kale is screaming for you to get. out. of. bed. And you fell asleep before 9 last night, so there's really no excuse for the lethargy ... but there it is, anyway. So the kale goes on screaming, all the way home in someone else's reusable hessian shopping bag.

And then, one day, you make it out the door and to the market.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

15 Things I Learned (or Want to Learn) About Thailand

football in Thailand
 Football at Surin Beach

8 things I learned about Phuket/Thailand/Thai people: 
  1. Thailand is the only nation in SE Asia that was never colonised by Europeans. I think perhaps they are quite proud of this. 
  2. Cultural tolerance is important to the Thai people - which is why you'll see Mosques next to Buddhist temples next to Christian churches, and why 'lady-boys' are universally accepted - and in the case of the boxer Nong Toom idolised. (I'm planning to check out the movie made about her - Beautiful Boxer - when I can). 
  3. The Thai are crazy about football. As in, you'll see it played everywhere - beach, paddock, empty lot, and even street. 
  4. Phuket drivers are considerate, and I'd even consider driving there myself (unlike Sri Lanka, which was kind of terrifying, but that's another story).
  5. There is something extremely disconcerting about walking to dinner under and alongside low-hanging bundles of humming, buzzing electricity wires. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Week in Phuket

Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand

I have so much to tell you, and where to start? I guess I'll begin where we did, on the west side of the island of Phuket, itself off the west side of Thailand. We'd never intended to come to Phuket - it's one of the most popular tourist destinations for Australians, and we were looking for adventure, not a Coffee Club (or Starbucks, for that matter) in another country.

But when we got married last year, our friend Rose (thank you!) gave us a week's accommodation at Surin Beach, on Phuket, and how can you say no to that?

In short, you can't. You book your tickets, piggy-backing a trip to Sri Lanka on the end, pack your sunscreen, and off you go. This is a honeymoon, after all.