Travel can be overwhelming. The thought of being thousands of miles away from everything you know, everything that is familiar, most or all of the people that matter most to you can be... a lot to process.
For some people, it completely stops them from leaving their comfort zone.
(and on the flip side, some people love the idea of being thousands of miles away from everyone the know :-p)
But sometimes when you go somewhere so foreign to you, in the end you find out that Disney was right. It IS a small world after all!
At this recommendation of Mark Wiens, we made our way (with the help of GPS on our phones) to Toney Restaurant in Bangkok's Little India (Pahurat).
You know how your parents always tell you to stay away from dark alleys? Well.. we wanted to find this place before dark but we definitely went down an alley before we made it and we were still unsure if we had found the place.
The familiar sound of English met our ears and we turned to find an American who explained that we had, indeed, made it to Toney Restaurant. The road was torn up from construction and he said we had made it "just in time". (not sure what this meant for future of Toney Restaurant)
After perusing the many we decided on 2 Chai Masala Teas, some Pratha, and Chicken Masala.
We weren't disappointed.
We shared this and it was just perfect.
(We like to leave room in our bellies for unexpected things we may find during our meanders.)
So how is eating at Toney's a reminder that the world is a small place?
Remember the American that called us over? As we chatted with him and his Thai girlfriend, we found out that we are from the same state in USA. In fact, not only that, but we live only about 70 miles from where he grew up. Not only that (&that), but the town he grew up in is the town my SISTER-IN-LAW grew up in! And thus began a long list of names of people we knew in common. How unexpected!
The encounter was fully amusing to me for so many reasons that I won't list here, but it made for a truly unforgettable Indian snack in Pahurat Bangkok's Little India at Toney's Restaurant. (Or is it Tony's? That's what the menu says. I think they dropped the "e" sometime after Mark Wien's visit.)
Total Price: ~150 Baht or ~$4.20 USD
Meeting a stranger that you sort of know 9,000 miles away from home: Priceless
It's a small world after all. You go, Walt!