Coffee and cigarettes

Trip Start Oct 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 23, 2010

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Friday, October 8, 2010

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When I came to Thailand for the first
time back in 1999 ( seems like ages ago) it was hard to find a decent
(fresh) coffee. They just had these disgusting Nescafe 3 in 1
(instant coffee, coffee mate and sugar). You had to drink gallons of
it to wake up:)
If you were lucky you found a place
where they sold „gafe boran“- so called ancient coffee, which is
usually very sweet and quite strong.
Well the Thais learnt quickly and
absorbed this western trend: Nowadays you find fresh coffee at every
corner; hot and iced, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, all flavors.
Being a cafeine junkie myself I really
appreciate that. And it's so cheap, well cheap for Western standards
as almost everything in Thailand. If I multiply it by 4 to 5 times to
get an aquivalent German price then it's not cheap anymore- just
about the same as it would be in Germany.
Back home I am a pretty controlled
smoker: my limit is down to half a pack per dayv for 3 years already,
due to my electronic cigarette even less in the past months.
But Thailand is a place to smoke. Apart
from the airconditioned restaurants and public buildings it is
allowed to smoke everywhere. And the climate is just perfect for my
lungs. Being slightly asthmatic since my childhood this climate is
just perfect for me. My lungs feel like a virgin and I smoke way more
than at home- it's holiday anyway!
The day I left Bangkok the weather
improved. No rain at all anymore since my arrival in Phitsanulok,
usually it's a bit cloudy, very warm and humid. If the sun comes out
it's immidiately hot. I sweat a lot I tell you.
Sometimes all these airconditioned
roomsand cars make you forget how hot Thailand actually is!
Bringing my small 10 inches netbook was
a good decision again. It's just nice to have your own computer while
travelling even though there isn't an Internet connection anywhere.

I just came back from an 1 hour walk
through the city., walked to the fresh market being the only farang (
foreigner there. There are some tourists here but not many. It's a
Thai place. Even at the guesthouse they prefer to speak Thai with me.
Whether I want to know about the air condition, the laundry service
or the Internet connection I need to speak Thai with them. Good
practice anyway!
I haven't seen Luck since yesterday
noon, it's a pitty she didn't get her annual leave so we have little
time together but we need to make the best out of it.
I haven't done any sightseeing yet,
maybe I'll do that tomorrow- now it's too hot and I need to take a
cold shower,
The LiThai guest house I stay has a
good service, almost like a hotel. By the time I wrote this entry
they cleaned my room again.
I'll meet Luck in the evening after she
finished work:)
So this is my plan for this afternoon:
  • have a cold shower
  • have lunch
  • publish this blog entry

It's an easy day!
Warm greetings from Phitsanulok to

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