Peter Kowalke

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Getting Back to Normal in Bangkok

By on March 21, 2022

Life is weirdly back to normal for me here in Bangkok—and it feels really good.

After my week of vacation on the island of Phuket in early February, I slipped back into my normal pre-pandemic routines upon my return to Bangkok. Seeing friends, normal 9-5 work days, being out in Bangkok for errands and little things. I’m even calling people I haven’t talked with in months.

The routine of “normal” has felt really good, and I slipped back into it really fast. It is hard to believe that I was gone for so long.

I call it “weirdly” back to normal, because really life hasn’t been normal for me since late 2020. Last year the pandemic hit Thailand hard, with isolation and things closed. Then I was traveling in the USA for six months. But now, aside from the occasional covid-related inconvenience, life is back to normal here in Thailand. We’ve reached the place of post-pandemic for the most part.

Peter is a relationship coach, writer/producer, and R&D monastic. He splits his time between San Francisco and Asia. Read more about Peter.