I wandered from there to the veggie market (motto: if it's weird looking, eat it) and then down a street where there was a huge crowd. I walked over to see what was going on - everyone was watching some Indian (dot not feather) soap opera on a tv sitting out on the street. Front and center in the crowd was a monk. I guess he's a fan.
Last week I went to Siam Reap in Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat temple complex. My previous knowledge was mostly from the movie “Tomb Raider.” Since I had made my travel arrangements through the American Express service of the American Embassy in Thailand, the hotel in Cambodia thought I was Somebody. I also had an English speaking guide who was OUTSTANDING and a driver! It was real rock star treatment. My guide was intelligent, knowledgeable, kind and patient – all needed to deal with the hillbilly from the US. He indulged my inner history nerd and led me to every corner of the temples. At one point, as I made him repeat some of his information so I could absorb it he said, “Not even Cambodians care about ancient Kings.” We both laughed. What a great person he is.
Today I leave for Chang Mai in northern Thailand. It should be cooler and quieter. Bangkok is a city of 13 million. It also is hellishly hot. Chang Mai is about 150 thousand and I am staying in the old, walled part of the city. I have a day tour to an elephant sanctuary – I want to see elephants in the wild and also get out of my host’s hair for a day.
I return home at the end of next week. Then I will have my laptop, camera and posting ability. Many pictures to come.
Hope all is well with everyone out there.