Never judge a place by its cover.

I always thought that I was quite an open person to new places, taking in all the sights and sounds of foreign countries. That was until I landed in Bangkok late in the evening. In two days that followed my hatred for Bangkok grew exponentially. It was so hot and humid that we could barely walk more than 10 minutes without having to duck into an air conditioned building, dripping with sweat. I hated the smell of the food cooking by street vendors and the heat from their grills as you tried to walk to the shop for water. I hated the fact I couldn't eat the food because I wasn't hungry and we didn't know what it was. I hated that every tuk tuk and taxi would stop and follow you to get you in. I hated the thick air, the lack of a breeze. I hated the difference, the electricity lines strung above our heads, the cars that wouldn't let you cross the road, the uneven roads, the wild dogs roaming round.

Needless to say I was happy to get out of their to the coast, even with the knowledge that in 2 weeks I would have to once more step foot in the city I thought I would love but detested. It hung over my head for the next 2 weeks and when I boarded the night train to take me back I was full of dread. 

As soon as I stepped out of the station all those thoughts I'd had as a jet lagged, culture shocked backpacker came flooding back. Luckily my travel buddy planned an action packed few days in the city which made me fall in love. 

Now that I have adjusted to the heat we walked for hours, every turn revealing  a new treasure. You would be stretched to walk more than 15 minutes without coming across a gorgeous temple. The choice of food is amazing: French bakery; Italian; sandwich bar; street sellers. You will never go hungry. The thai people are so friendly and helpful, I am not sure it is possible to get lost in Bangkok. One minute you can be walking through malls with Prada, Gucci and Armani ; the next wandering down a side street with corrugated iron walls, the residents selling their wares. 

It's overwhelming. The whole place is... crazy! With a closed mind (I am using severe jet lag and lack of sleep for mine!) it can drown you and stop you from swimming. With an open mind, Bangkok has swept me away. I could spend weeks pottering around, learning more and seeing all it has to offer. I love it!

Have you ever done a total U-Turn in opinion of a city or place? Have you ever hated a city?

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  1. Sometimes it takes a few takes to love a place. I've been to a few places like that. Little towns for days trips, if I'm just not in the greatest mood then sometimes my opinion and fun is ruined. I just make sure I go back and check it out again.
    I'm glad it all worked out in the end!


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