It has been 5 weeks since I last posted so here it is, finally! Thanks to everyone who followed along on my Instagram to see what I have been up to for a month and a half now. It has been a crazy whirlwind, from travelling to Thailand, Portland, Victoria, Vancouver and Mt. Washington. I am now back on the quiet west coast ready to share my stories with everyone, so follow along, there is going to be quite a bit!
So let's start from the beginning. Dave and I had 5 weeks of holidays so we left Ucluelet on Dec. 14th and got back yesterday. Our first holiday was Thailand where we visited my sister and her husband where they have been living since August, teaching in a city called Pattaya. After a very long 3 flights (Victoria-Vancouver-Taipei-Bangkok,) we finally arrived. My sister met us at the airport and although we were all very delusional from lack of sleep and the time difference we were all very excited to be reunited for the Christmas holidays.
We all piled into our rental SUV (7 seater) and Phil bravely took on the terrifying Thailand highways. Pattaya is about an hour and a half outside of Bangkok and is on the coast. This was our base for the holiday as we made the most of our 3 weeks and traveled all over Thailand. We dropped all our stuff off, washed the grossness of the plane off of us and decided to head out to see the city a bit.
First stop was Tree Tales, one of Teresa's favourite restaurants, soon to be one of mine too. The time difference was making us all ravenous but I was craving something a little healthier after all that plane food (I think I counted that we had 3 dinners in the course of 15 hours or something weird.) I opted for the smoothie bowl which was absolutely divine. My number one goal was to eat as much tropical fruit as humanly possible while I was in Thailand. This one came with passionfruit (one of my favourites,) mango, banana, coconut, granola, berries, yogurt and berry smoothie to finish it off. On the side I had the green juice which was filled with spinach, apple and cilantro (I think.) If you ever find yourself in Pattaya I highly recommend it! The second time we went (yes we had to go back,) Dave had a delicious Thai Iced Tea (my new favourite drink.)
We spent a lot of time relaxing at my sister's house, not only to catch up on sleep and get over the jet lag but as a home base where we could enjoy hanging out with these cuties. These are my new niece and nephew, Arnold (above) and Theo (below.) They're mum was a stray and my sister and her husband adopted them and have loved them ever since. I have never seen such gangly cats before, their ears are massive and they have such long legs but they are so sweet. Of course they act like kittens and go crazy at times but also love cuddles. It was really hard saying goodbye to these two. Another perk of my sister's house is the pool which was perfect for those very hot days, which we had numerous of.
We learned quickly, not only in Pattaya but also in other cities how easy and cheap it was to get around by Baht bus. You hop on the back and ride it out till your stop and pay 10 baht (40 cents.) We took this bus to do a little shopping in Pattaya one afternoon before Christmas so I could go to Topshop (of course.) It was also a great way of seeing the city, even if you were sweating profusely on it.
I learned quickly that one of my favourite snacks/drinks were cold coconuts. You could buy them all over the place on the side of the street and they would chop the top off and give you a straw, then off you went enjoying your to-go coconut.
My second favourite spot was Icing Me in Pattaya. A beautiful cafe close to my sister's house that we ventured to a couple mornings for their delicious pastries. My favourite was the almond croissant but there were so many to choose from. We decided on an assortment, ham and cheese, almond, chocolate and some danishes. Because everyone had to try at least one of each flvaour right? It was a quiet little cafe, the perfect spot to relax and enjoy, while also remaining cool on those hot days.
Pattaya was a really interesting city and I'm glad I got to see where my sister was working and living for the next couple of years. It also had it's problems as most of Thailand did, since they do not recycle there was a lot of garbage around. This is a problem that affects all of Thailand and hopefully there will be some sort of change as other countries take plastic consumption, recycling and cleaning up the oceans seriously. Only time will tell though. Stay tuned for my next blog post about the beautiful Sanctuary of Truth located in Pattaya.