It’s been 421 days since I left the United States.
That’s 421 nights that I’ve:
- Slept in a strange bed
- Not unpacked my bag, only pulling heaps of clothes out to wear
- Showered in foreign bathrooms – how I have avoided a foot fungus, I do not know but I am grateful!
- Not had a kitchen and have eaten out – except when I stayed with friends and we cooked
- Not had a television – although I’ve decided TV’s squash creative energy and are mind numbing. I’ve already put mine in the closet.
Anyway, you guys get the point, I’ve been gone from a normal living environment and in a homeless vagabond sort of state for a LONG time! But today all that changes. Today I moved into an apartment here in Chiang Mai. Hurrah!!!!! Do you realize what this means? I don’t have to pull my panties out from my ‘clean panties only’ special pocket in my bag anymore; I can put them in a drawer – a drawer! I can buy some quality moisturizing products and take care of my skin! This traveling is not conducive to maintaining feminine beauty. I am so excited I can hardly stand it! Oh, and the best part, the apartment is $323 a month!
Ok, ok, I’m calming down now.
Apartment hunting was challenging here, as you can imagine. I viewed alot of apartments and let me tell you, there is some ugly stuff here – wow! They seem to have two categories of apartments; really old outdated with a high grunge factor, or completely renovated with modern furnishings. I was hoping I’d find something renovated and nicely done in traditional Southeast Asia decor, but that doesn’t seem to exist here – not in my budget anyway. So, given the two options I went for the renovated contemporary place.
It wasn’t quite as easy though as just picking an apartment and moving in. In this case, although the Realty company had this unit shown on their website, no one had keys to the unit. Not even the building manager. Long story short I ended up having to hire a locksmith to open the door and make new keys. Then when I finally was able to see inside the unit, it was evident no one had lived there in ages, so it was filthy. A window had been left open so little geckos and other critters unknown had made it their home. The electricity had been turned off for non pay, so I had to pay the back charges to get the power turned on. Thank goodness there were 13 air fresheners scattered throughout the unit! Oh, and I had to negotiate the terms of the rental with the Italian owner using google translator. Whew, it’s been an exhausting week! But it was all worth it. I’d seen enough bad apartments to know this was the apartment for me.
So, I’m getting settled now. Well, actually, I’m already settled. When you only have one bag it doesn’t take very long. Wow, I’m tellin’ ya’ people, I found things in that bag I haven’t seen in months! A risqué tiny calendar my friend Cindy gave me in Italy – that was in September; a shirt my friend Laura sent me for Christmas; the list goes on and on.
Now I can focus on what’s really important in life – a new wardrobe! LOL I’ve been wearing mostly the same clothes for, well, a long time now. You guys know, you’ve seen the pictures. It’s time to ditch some of this stuff and restock. Only problem I see is most of the clothes here are made for little tiny Thai girls. I’m not sure I’ll find anything for my big boobs and my ‘real woman’ hips, but I’m sure I’ll work something out.
Anyway, that’s all for now folks. Stay tuned to ‘As the World Turns in Chiang Mai’ to see what I get up to next.
Lots of love to all my peeps around the globe… xoxoxo
Very Nice !! Good luck with the new adventures there.. Hope to see ya State side one day 🙂
Some day I’ll return. I may hate it here, who knows. We’ll see what happens. Miss everyone though… xo
OK you have home. I need to look at visiting. This is obvious to me. How long are you renting for? Im looking forward to hearing new adventures. xx
Of course you are welcome! Please, come! I’m thinking I’ll be here at least 6 months, but not sure really what the future holds. xxx
Cool apartment and awesome news!! I hope your news adventures are soul-satisfying and wonderful! If you need me to intervene with the Italian landlord, just send me an email and let me know how I can help! XO
Oh, thanks so much for offering to help. Hopefully all the hard stuff is over, I can relax and enjoy. How are you doing? All good I hope. So glad we got to meet. xo
Okay, Girl, now you are talking. I’m so glad to picture you in what appears to be the lap of luxury. My idea of good traveling has become making a home base and sight seeing from there.
I miss your Mom, Sure seems strange not to have her nearby. Jack and Patsy are headed for Colorado so I am holding down the fort by myself. Lots of work in the garden preparing for the garden show. If I say so myself it looks good.
Take care and enjoy your home. Love you, Cindy
Yeah, this is better, right? All that moving around was making me mad! I like your home base idea and site seeing from there. I’m hoping it will work out that way.
I know it must feel strange in ATL with all the cousins gone. I love picturing you in your garden with the doggies. Thanks for checking in. Lots of love… xo
Eryn. The condo is beautiful. You even have a pool. How very luxurious. I’m so happy for you. Look forward to hearing about your new adventures xoxo.
Thanks honey, yes it is nice to have somewhat of a home again. Will see what I can get up to here 🙂 xoxo to you all
The apartment is gorgeous!! I love it. Good luck finding that creative jive and cooking some wonderful meals! The place is so sunny and airy. ❤
Yes, so happy I have good natural light – that makes me happy. So nice to see you on facetime, glad we can keep up… xoxo
I’m so excited that you’ve found a place of your own!!! It looks super swanky- this is a new period in your life and path to self discovery. Enjoy!!!
I know Erin I’m so happy here! And when will you be visiting? Miss you xoxoxoxo
Hi Eryn, my name is Barbara. I’m currently in Abadiania for the month of May & arriving in Bangkok June 4. Over dinner at Cafe Central, our mutual friend Nooneh recommended I contact you ☺ I want to visit Chiang Mai & hoping you can give me some tips. I’m SUPER excited!! I’m from Houston TX & have been enjoying reading your blog. Great photos too.
Please contact me as soon as you are able…I fly out from BSB on June 1. My email is email@example.com. My Skype is ms.beecee
Hi Barbara, thanks for checking in. Yes, I’ll still be here, let’s get together. I’ve just emailed you so we can communicate easier. Will be great to see another American! Give Nooneh a hug for me, I miss that girl!