I’ve been cooking for myself before I was old enough to drive. I’ve lived alone for 10 years, so I’m either eating what I cook at home or going to restaurants that cook things better than I can or that I can’t cook at all (these are all at least 30 minutes from my house). I brought my gracious Thai hosts Godiva chocolates and french macarons (not the Laduree they requested) and I was greeted with all of this great Thai food, just like when I visited a few months earlier. Before my last visit, I was nervous about staying in someone else’s house, but I really enjoyed it (so much that I was back a few months later). Although Sathing Phra is not a tourist area, it was nice to see the places the tourists don’t go. I couldn’t even find Sathing Phra in my Lonely Planet book. I’m always making my own plans, but when I go to Thailand, I’m used to being taken care of & I enjoy it.