Life in KSR area

Trip Start May 18, 2005
Trip End Jul 10, 2005

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Friday, May 27, 2005

Another little lesson today. It came to nothing, really, except to remind me to pay attention all the time. About 1100 we caught the bus to Siam Square. 30+ minutes into the trip I remembered we had not paid for our room for today (due at 1200). Travelpod is a family-oriented site, so I'll say this in a family-oriented way - I was irritated, to say the least, because no question about it, I had to go back to the guesthouse to pay. Maybe it would be okay to wait, but maybe not. Jeff said, well let's all go back together, but my irritation extended to David & Jeff for leaving it up to me to take care of all the business like the room, finding best way to get from one place or another, etc. so I said, never mind & jumped off the bus. Yes, Leslie, I do get the irony of this!!!

So, back I went for a total of 1 hour 15 minutes of breathing heavy particulate matter through the window of the unairconditioned bus & no Siam Square for me. A small price to pay for a reminder to pay attention.

Right now it's mid afternoon of this hot day, but I'm cooled out & sitting in the guesthouse restaurant having coffee. All the GH restaurants open on to the street, so I'm watching the show go past on the street:
- Many Thais going about their business.
- Many Western, some Asian, & few Latin travelers - most in mid 20s to mid 30s. David on the young side & I'm on the old side, though some young & some old. More longhairs than Austin in 60s or 70s - dreadlocks & tattoos the fashion around here.
- Vendors pushing, peddling, driving, carrying their wares: satay @ 5 baht a stick, grilled bananas, brooms (brooms? yes, brooms), bumper stickers & patches, clothes, honey, fruit (rambutan, papaya, pineapple, banana, & mystery fruits).
- Tuk-tuks, taxis, motorcycles (1-4 people riding), pickups, bicycles ...
- Cats & dogs.

Here comes one of the casualties, a farang wearing the same dirty shorts he was wearing the day we got here - about as dirty as his body - serious infection going on his foot - saw him yesterday sleeping on the sidewalk. Today he has a beer, so I guess things are looking up (so to say) today.

Actually I've seen a fair # of people with foot injuries - just part of the price to pay for wearing sandals in the developing world. It's shoes for me - my feet are neither hot nor cool - but no mosquito bites & no infection. What a cautious old fart I am. Like Uncle Leo said, "I'm an old man!"

So this is the KSR area life, except coffee drinkers in distinct minority & beer & Thai whiskey drinkers the major majority.

Yesterday & day before many many people coming in from full moon party, looking pretty ragged out (it's a lot of party). 10,000 - 20,000 people on the beach Ko Phangan for an all night party/rave under the full moon. Alas, I really am too old.

I'm truly ready to move on to Cambodia, but David satisfied to be here - Probably leave Sunday.

Pictures in a few days, so check back to this entry when pics posted.
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