Thailand: the land of happy people

You will no punished for your anger, you will be punised by your anger. Buddha

One of the thing I missed the most when I was living in London was human warmth.
Being from Italy, social relationships and daily interaction for me are essential, so I missed it very much.
That's why these ten days spent in Thailand gave so much more than a simple holiday...
Thai people are the loveliest humans I've ever met: they come to you with an open heart, without judgement, without fear.
Most of them don't speak English, but there's not really much need to speak: a smile says it all.
The best experience so far has been in Chiang Mai; we were staying in a charming old-fashioned guesthouse ran by a lovely Thai couple: they didn't speak much English, but they were always smiling and looking so happy to have us. On the day of our departure, the woman gifted us with two cakes! And when we asked for a cab to go to the bus station, as it was pouring with rain...the husband took us there with his own car and he wouldn't accept any compensation for it! At that point, I wanted them to adopt me...I was so touched I had to make an effort not to weep.

 The wooden guesthouse in Chiang Mai

The wooden guesthouse in Chiang Mai

I told him the guesthouse was beautiful, and he explained us that the house had been bult by his father; he wasn't looking much at the street while talking, so I was a bit concerned but I tried to stick to a buddhist attitude...I was a bit frustrated as I wanted to ask him more about his house, his life, but unfortunately he didn't speak much English, and I don't speak any Thai. These people are so interesting, and I feel like they have amazing stories to tell, but language is a barrier when you want to have deeper conversations. Anyway, I am really experiencing a different kind of communication here, and it's very inspiring.

No matter what language you speak; if you really want to share something with someone, you will.
As a western tourist with a suspicious and moaning attitude, I am feeling ashamed and so miserable compared to such a joyful and meaningful lifestyle...

I am so grateful to be here, I know these people have so much to teach me and that this experience will make me stronger.

I feel like my core values and priorities are finally restored...

As long as I have sun, nature, and kindness, I don't need much more.

 New Year vows written on tiles that will be used to build a new temple...can you spot mine? :)

New Year vows written on tiles that will be used to build a new temple...can you spot mine? :)