I’ve have been truly blessed in my 21 years of life to have acquired so many genuine, caring friends. As a traveler, it is inevitable that I will lose contact with some..but they will always stay in my heart and continually have a positive effect on my life.
Here in Bangkok, I have made some really amazing friends. One of them, Rin, that I have talked about before in my posts, is one of the people I know I will stay in contact with for a very long time, if not forever.
She is the warmest, friendliest person and is always so willing to invite me into her home and daily activities. She really makes sure I feel welcome and loves to show me her culture, as it varies a bit from traditional Thai culture. Her sisters and mother have also become good friends and are equally as welcoming. I feel right at home when I’m with them, which is saying a lot since my home feels so far away sometimes. I’m so thankful for her friendship, kindness, and generosity! She is always buying me little things that she sees here and there, and she somehow knows my style and taste so well. Maybe because she is a fashion major, but I think more because she really is a true friend.
I also get the amazing opportunity to meet every week with a wonderful British woman, Alison. We are commute buddies/regular volunteers/volunteer coordinators for Camillian Home. We’ve become quite close over the past few months, volunteering together. We have lots of time for chit-chat on the way to and from Lat Krabang. We have similiar interests in volunteering, traveling, reading, yoga, cinema and basic ideals in life. She’s around my mom’s age, so she has lots of wisdom to share with me as a woman and fellow traveler. I really enjoy her company and productive, positive attitude. Again, yet another woman who is so generous and thoughtful. Just today she lent me an amazing book on a common interest and bought me my favorite candy, that I just happened to mention in passing last week.. =)
Another great friend I have made here is a sweet girl named Pinky. I met her at a Christmas party. She is from outside of Bangkok, so we bonded instantly on the fact that we are new to the area. Although she is quite busy with school and we only get together occasionally, she is also someone I really connect with. Each time we meet it is like we are old friends and just pick up where we left off the last time.
Without these women, I would only be spending my time with people under the age 10. So ladies, thank you for your continual friendship, hospitality, kindness, and simple adulthood & maturity, as I am often on child-overload! =)