Waiting for Bus 15
Trip Start May 18, 2005
35Trip End Jul 10, 2005
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Lunch presented itself in the form of a Japanese restaurant, expensive compared to the street food we had been eating, but practically free compared to anything in the US, especially Japanese food. We ordered a bowl of tempura udon each, and one plate of assorted sushi rolls (about 18 pieces total). It ended up being $10 US each - an amazing price for that much food. We went back to look for my dad some more, but this time, we quickly gave up and decided to catch the next Bus 15 in the opposite direction, back to our room. Much to our delight, a Bus 15 was stopped in traffic as we approached the street. However, when we approached it, the driver shook his head. Then he drove off as the traffic began to move again.
After searching up and down the street for the bus stop (technically it's a bus stop, but the only sign of it is the crowd of people hovering at the curb glancing at the approaching traffic). So we wait. About four 25s come along, three 16s (so close!), ten 73s, a few 159s, three 54s. No 15. An hour later, no 15. Drenched in sweat, soaked in exhaust fumes, decorated with dust, and saturated in the steady roar of engines revving, I saw the familiar red bus approaching. 16. But behind it was a 15. The first one since the one who so casually dismissed us. Homeward bound, finally! A scenic drive back rewarded us for our wait, and we were reunited with dad (who, due to miscommunication, had never really left the room since he got back and paid the rent).
In other news, we had an amazing dinner. The Tom Kha (Chicken Coconut Soup) was the best I've had, and the only I've had in a long time.
What's tomorrow? Wats tomorrow! (Sorry, I couldn't resist)
QoD: Bus 15
AoD: Waiting for Bus 15
Noteworthy: The number of buses that are NOT Bus 15