First of all, it’s poo-ket. Just so we’re all clear.
To start off the (glorious) three-week Christmas vacation that I have been granted, I met a friend from home in Phuket, Thailand. We’re spending some of our time here, and the rest of it on Phi Phi Island, about an hour and a half ferry ride off of the coast.
The first few days on Phuket (also an island, albeit larger) were made up of lots of time on the beach, sleeping in, a brilliant combination of American and Thai food, and much meandering through small shops searching for the perfect knock-off item.
Due to the influx of tourism, Phuket has all kinds of special treats to offer – Subway sandwiches, lemonade, and Dairy Queen, to name a few!
It’s funny how life away from the States has changed my traveling style. Usually, I’m seeking out the new cultural and culinary experiences, trying to escape from all things American. Now, I find myself rejoicing over a Subway sandwich. Though this is apparently not permanent, since the urge is already subsiding, it has made me shake my head at myself!
Despite American cravings working against me – and the fact that the Thai street food vendors seem to think that we are involved in some elaborate game of hide n’ go seek – I’ve also been able to enjoy lots of delicious Thai food! Thai food has always been a favorite of mine (shout out to my Phuket Thai friends in Spain – best restaurant ever!), and eating it in Thailand has been very fun 🙂