This post is way overdue, we know. Sorry! However we do have an excuse. Does being back at work and moving home count, and lack of internet?
Today marks three weeks living in Bangkok. Will said yesterday ‘do you even remember the flight here?’ ‘No, not really’ was my reply. It seems like so long ago and so much has happened since, which we are looking forward to writing about.
However, this blog is about ‘condo life’ and all the questions we asked that we now have answers too. What is it like living on the 25th floor of a high rise? What do you eat? How do you get around? What about your typical day? It’s pretty exciting living in a condo, actually. Here are the reasons why:
We have had quite a few nights of pretty much being in the clouds when there is a thunderstorm. However, up here it is so quiet and the rain doesn’t really hit the windows. Very strange. The other night Will was playing football until late and I was own my own. Doors locked, blinds up and me just lying there in bed watching the storm. It was wonderful, but I did miss Coco to chat to and occupy my over-imaginative mind.
This is the part that excites me the most! Imagine stepping out our your home onto a French restaurant, a boutique Thai restaurant, an Italian restaurant, a Spanish restaurant, a New Zealand restaurant with bottle after bottle of Marlborough SV Blanc to choose from, some restaurant playing deep house that’s too cool for school and, of course, a street full of street food, freshly cooked?
Oh, and a great coffee shop that serves these breakfasts:
Yes, it is amazingly fattening and oh so moorish. Will’s pre-wedding trousers no longer fit and I’m even more of a dinosaur that I was before (especially in Thailand!) I feel HUGE. Oh well, married now- isn’t that what it’s all about? The other great thing about the food here is that you can order it from pretty much any restaurant (like Deliveroo in London) and it gets delivered to the bottom of your condo for a little as £1. So here’s our delivery:
This delivery of wonderful goods cost £7. I’m not even joking. Before coming to Thailand we never thought all these choices would be available to us, but Bangkok really is a cosmopolitan city with so much choice.
- The Pool
This is also exciting. On Monday evening, after work, after dinner, we didn’t know what to do. We didn’t have TV and we didn’t have Internet. So, we went up to the 27th floor for a swim. We showered under a rain shower outside then stepped into the pool, in the dark. The water was like a bath. After one length Will had to contain my squeals and splashes (like a child) as I couldn’t get over the fact that I was swimming in a rooftop pool with views over the city on a Monday night, after school. It was a completely surreal moment. So was the first Saturday morning when we swam.
- Having your own things and making your own food
Our kitchen is small with two electric rings for cooking. Granted, it is not the best for cooking, which is a shame as Will loves to cook for me… However you can make stuff like this, for very, very cheap.
And having somewhere you can call ‘home’, for now. Unpacking after living out of a suitcase for two weeks was honestly the best feeling in the world. The finishing touch? Our brand new bedding from Ikea. Yes, Bangkok does have an Ikea and you can buy the Dime chocolate at the end.
We are honestly having a great time here. Of course there are lots of things to adjust to, like we can’t sleep without AC on, we can’t eat peanut butter freely and stepping into our condo after a day at work is like stepping into a sauna (how funny that here you run to put the AC on, instead of the heating). We have also had funny tummies and today Will asked if my chin was sweating. CHIN. Yep, it was. Working in Thailand is going to take a whole other blog, so I will save that one for later.
Thank you for reading this. Friends, family and those wishing to come to Thailand, the city is fantastic, we feel safe and there is so much to do.
Wishing you all well and sending everyone so much love,
Mr and Mrs Hart X