Living here in southeast Asia for the last two years has taught me to relax, smile, and just go with the flow no matter what horrendously annoying and frustrating thing is bothering you, but there is one thing that is going to drive me absolutely bonkers about living in Bangkok:
This is what it’s like whenever you try to get anywhere here. Midnight on a Wednesday, one in the afternoon on a Monday.
All. The. Time.
And I don’t even live downtown! I’m out in the suburbs of Nonthaburi!
My teaching partner and I went on a school-related errand today to a Tesco-Lotus about 5 miles away from the school. Our errand took about 10 minutes. We left the school at 1:30 and returned at 2:30. You can do the math.
I suppose I am a bit spoiled. I grew up in a rural area, then I moved to Germany (the birthplace of efficient traffic systems), and KL is too small of a city to really work up some serious traffic like here in Bangkok. I guess I’m just going to have to work on my calm and placid acceptance of all things frustrating when I get in the car from now on…