Shirts, shirts, shirts, shirts, shirts, shirts, shirts…. One of the reasons I love going to other countries is to shop. I rarely splurge at home because I’m usually saving up for my next big adventure, but once I leave the U.S. my shopping game is on. I am always looking for fun little things to buy whether I need them or not. This is one of the reasons I brought an enormous suitcase with me. I need room for everything I’ll be taking home. We all know Asian countries are way ahead of the U.S. style wise and it is so evident in every store and market stall. On my second day in Thailand I ventured to Chatuchak the world’s largest weekend market. It is insane. It’s 35 acres of stalls. You can find anything there, but if you go with a shopping list it may be hard to actually locate what you want in a timely manner. The entire day I had no idea where in the market I was, but I didn’t care. I kept winding down skinny lanes and alley ways looking for things to buy or admire. There was even a pet section that smelled of pee and puppies. I didn’t buy an animal, but I did buy 8 tank tops, a ring, a watch and a cool graphic t-shirt for a friend. I won’t post the t-shirt here because everyone deserves a surprise once in awhile, but it is super cool and colorful. I only spent 80 baht on each tank top, that’s less than $3. They are all pretty funky so I really couldn’t stop at just one. I love the zebra that drips colors and the panda that has two handguns. Sometimes I pretend I’m the shooting panda when I get annoyed or frustrated and that simple motion along with my friends laughing at me keeps my spirits up. I wear my new watch everyday. Believe it or not it is the first watch I’ve ever owned. I went into the stall thinking I would get a sophisticated one, but I came out with a purple penguin slap watch. The kids at school love it. There were so many articles of clothing, house decorations, furniture and little gadgets I wanted to buy for myself and others, but I tried to keep myself in check. Thank god I don’t have a niece or nephew because I saw so many trendy baby clothes that I would have needed another suitcase just to take them home. I can’t wait to pick up all the things I saw for my friends and family… that means I’ll see you again Chatuchak.
Oh and by the way, every Wednesday I’ll be updating you about fun things I’ve picked up and I’ll give you the inside scoop on spending baht in Thailand.