I taught English in Xi'an, China and I had no idea what I was doing. I walked into the university in China with almost nothing prepared. I just learned as I went along and got better at teaching as time went on.
I never really thought Bangkok could come across as 'normal', but touching back down at Suvarnabhuni after three weeks in Burma was a shock of modernity and reliable electrical supply. Next door, it feels as though the 1950's have been vacuum-packed in to the twenty-first century. As you might expect, this made transport a novelty, and a blast, through the course of my trip last March and April.
To dig into Indonesia's authentic and best cuisines, you'll have to venture out to local eateries (called 'warung' or 'rumah makan'), night markets and street stalls. At those places Indonesian food tastes much better than at tourist restaurants and costs a fraction of the price. Anyhow, isn't that part of the fun of traveling to new countries?
Here they served the Vietnamese national drink: “Ca phe da.” Which is basically Vietnamese coffee and canned milk poured over ice, in the same way scalding hot water is poured over meat resembling cannibalism to produce an unsavory soup called “pho.”