Still In Bangkok
Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
37Trip End May 04, 2006
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So yesterday I just relaxed and rested off my jet lag that I had successfully delayed the night before. Didn't even really leave the guest house,which is fine for one day. Today I went to check out some of the tourist attractions that are around this area (the part of the city I am in is called Banglamphu), I think I have figured out what the deal is when you are obviously a tourist walking around by yourself here; a very friendly well dressed thai man will come up to yuou and tell you "elcome to Bangkok, so nice to meet you"etc..
SO I did a little bit of drawing at one of the sights, a 45 meter (ahem, yard) tall statue of buddha. I was sketching for maybe half an hour when a 5 or 6 year old kid came over, didnt say anything just sat there. He showed some interest in my gum eraser, so I broke off a little piece and gave it to him. ABout fifteen minutes later he came back w/a whhole gang of little kids, who were really cute,but pretty much completely stopped any attempt to finish my drawing. I gave them all a little piece of my eraser and they seemed pretty psyched, and I drew a couple caricatures of them which they found pretty entertaining. It was weird these kids were literally hanging on me. I am,guessing that thai people have areally different sense of personal space (and comfortableness around strangers) because I really wouldn't see a bunch of American kids doing that.
So thats about it, right now I am just drinking a couple beers at the internat cafe. Tomorrow I am going to have lunch w/ a friend of my uncles who is the director of The American University of Thailand, so that should be interesting.
I am looking forward to getting out of Bangkok, it is a little too hectic, and the air is kind of getting to me (think exhaust, strange thai food, and sewage in a humid environment). I think I will probably head south towards the beaches and islands...