The most beautiful sunrises that I’ve ever got to see in life always happened from a plane. Maybe the excitement mixed with spongy clouds and tiredness is the perfect combination after all.
My last country of 2015 was Thailand.
Thailand is a wonderful country that will give you exactly what you ask for. And this can end up being a beautiful disaster if you are unable to make the right questions. If you get distracted, you can easily end up in a crowded beach party stinking of alcohol on a Tuesday morning.
But fortunately this wasn’t what we had in mind.
Our adventure consisted in just a couple of weeks visiting Bangkok and its surroundings and Krabi and its unbelievable beaches.There are two types of Bangkok: the rooftop kind and the street level kind. The latter is noise, constant activity and fresh fruit being cut. The former one is breeze, a chaotic skyline on the horizon and sunsets. Both of them include a bunch of smiles around you. After a couple of days, one gets used to timidly smiling and nodding back as if in that language we were really understanding each other. I felt comforted by the fact that smiling to the carpenter downstairs of our hotel, he would understand my appreciation of his craft. “Does he also know that I am an architect and I really appreciate it as a professional too?”.
During our long walks we tried to visit all the temples of the city, those that were famous and those that weren’t. Locals greeted us as we contributed to their rituals with the typical flowers and candles. We also tried the regional flavours, making a serious effort to forget about peanuts (even the smell repels me). But you see, asking for a Pad Thai without peanuts may be considered an offense. I didn’t manage, however, to try other exotic delicatessen as the scorpions. They should never be on the menu in my opinion.
When we arrived to Krabi, we knew immediately that we had to leave. While my friends were getting a fair deal with the boatman I was trying to guess if he would be good company for spending a day together. I felt bad for him as I realized he couldn’t really choose us. Wrapped as a mummy (in Thailand being tanned is not so popular) our dear Mr. Noi sailed with us through the most beautiful islands I’ve ever seen in my life. I vividly remember the smell of the sea, the breeze and the eccentric colours of the water. I suppose Mr. Noi liked us because when we refused to stay in the most crowded islands, he started bringing us to wilder places. Probably it was the same, but without people. Almost without realizing, 2016 was upon me – one of the most incredible years of my life.