There were some warnings on the Canadian and Australian embassies' websites, which worries us a little, but the more we kept up to date, the more we realized there really wasn't anything to fear. The country is in deep mourning at the moment and you can really feel it in the air. It is a sad time for the country and you can tell how much the people truly did love him. It's actually quite beautiful that Thailand had a ruler that made such a positive impact on its people. That isn't too common these days.
The Thai government has put into effect a one year mourning period and for 30 days, people are expected to wear black and avoid "festivities". As tourists, we of course want to respect this period of mourning and do what we can to show our sympathies so we have been trying to wear darker colors and cover up for the most part. Ollie is much better at this than I am, because for me, with my Canadian blood and upbringing, the heat in Thailand is INTENSE. Now I love the heat, but it takes me a while to adjust to this type of heat. In the meantime, I've been sweating buckets to the point where Ollie is constantly asking me whether I'm ok. He also said that he thinks the tuk tuk drivers keep honking at us because I'm sweating so much, they must think I need a ride :/
So with this unmanageable perspiration in mind, I've been doing my best to wear the appropriate clothing. At the moment, sleeves are just not possible during the day. I'm pretty sure I would pass out or at least start crying in the middle of the street. Also, because I knew we were coming to Thailand, I purposely didn't pack very much black -- because who wears black in a tropical paradise?... Well, everyone, it seems.
Luckily, I packed a couple of dark options, which I have been wearing on repeat. This dress is one of those and I totally realize that I should have my shoulders covered, but then I would just have to be hiding inside. So, instead I tell myself that it is a respectable length and I'm a tourist so hopefully the Thai people understand that I am making an effort. And I'm pretty sure they would because they are some of the friendliest people I've ever met.
It honestly is a bit of a strange time to be visiting the country. The shopping centres are quiet, half of the restaurants and stores are closed and you don't hear music or laughter anywhere. We are also hyper aware of the fact that we should not be showing that we are having too much fun and those times that I laugh out loud, I pretty much slap my hand over my mouth in reaction. But everyone is still so sweet and helpful and they really are the nicest people. It makes me feel all the sadder for them.
I'll tell you a bit more about our arrival in Chaing Mai next time. I can't wait to show you around! xoxo
WHAT I WORE
JQ CRYSTAL NECKLACE
MALA COLLECTIVE BRACELETS
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