This morning I’m enjoying a good, normal breakfast for the first time in 2 months! I had heard that coffee was hard to come by in Thailand, so I brought a french press with me. I meant to bring along a package or two of ground coffee as well, but didn’t. It’s not exactly true that coffee is hard to come by. It is very easy to get instant coffee, and there are many little coffee shops that serve espresso drinks. I’ve been drinking a lot of gafair yen (iced coffee). I like to call it by the Thai name because it isn’t anything like the iced coffee you buy in coffee shops in the states. It’s espresso mixed with sweetened condensed milk poured over crushed ice. It can be very good, or it can be sickeningly sweet. For the last two months, I’ve been buying gafair yen at a little coffee shop on campus. For breakfast, I usually eat cake or banana muffins from a bakery shop next to the coffee shop. Thai people don’t really have special foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While I love Thai food, it sounds pretty unappealing to me first thing in the morning.
This week I received two fabulous packages from home. Both packages contained ground coffee, so now I’m all stocked up. My friend Wallapha also gave me a toaster, so I can make toast for breakfast! I really enjoyed having gafair yen and cake for breakfast every morning, but didn’t feel good about it. Besides that, I’ve missed my routine of having a cup of coffee at home while I get ready for my day. I’m really happy to be able to make myself some normal breakfasts again!