Its not a waste of time...its a adventure

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Mar 16, 2013

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

So, Back in Bangkok. Carla and I had a quick stopover in Phnom penh, and a trip to the Russian Market for some shopping and mainly to pick up some DVDS since Carla was excited to stock up on the latest....OF course they are legal :)
Its been a few years since Ive been in this city, and things are  sure growing and changing, There are some great improvements in all the charities that help street kids and its seems that there are some wonderful organizations that encourage women and children to better their lives by taking on skills that will produce income for themselves and their families , We had a wonderful lunch at a restaurant called Friends that gives jobs to kids that live on the street, in return they are given a place to live and education.. We bought some creative recycled products at their store next door to the restaurant such as used magazine clutches and cutlery jewelry. Carla bought a necklace made of old spoons,,so cool!
 I noticed alot less begging here, and some of the pockets of the city were very clean, especially ones by any government buildings. Other areas had piles of trash everywhere without a garbage can in sight.
As we were walking around the Russian Market, after our tuk-tuk ride there, I felt  my throat start burning, and do did my eyes. Am I getting sick? Ive been so lucky on this trip with my health, and my risky grilled calamari bought from a beach vendor in Cambodia had no side effects like hours spent in the bathroom slumped over the toilet, swearing,,,never again!.
 Carla starting noticing her eyes burning as well ....Ahhhhhh , that's why all the locals wear face masks on their motorbikes...its the pollution. They use diesel fuel to gas up their motor vehicles,,,,and if you look not too far in the can see the haze. Welcome to a third world country, there are no regulations here. No smog checks, its a silent killer, and you don't even know its happening to you,,,scary.
We recovered and had a wonderful stay in lovely guesthouse which had service better than any 5 star hotel and creatively decorated rooms with a tub and hot water! Its been a while since Ive seen one of those! A short flight later...and we are back in Bangkok. Carla missed the snow  back home in Chicago so much, that she left yesterday because this hot weather here in southeast Asia is really gets old after a while......:)lol,  ahhh, not really, she had to go back to work and so I will I soon! But not yet,,,so my adventure continues....
My next destination is to Koh Phagnam, to get back in touch with my inner self. I'm going to a yoga retreat called appropriately the Sanctuary.
I love Yoga, Ive been practicing for several years now and miss it so much since Ive been on the road for a while. I haven't come across any yoga classes in my remote destinations, and what a great way to end my journeys then to work on my inner peace, and go home feeling peaceful and relaxed.
One of my great travel benefits is the discounts on other airlines such as Thai Airways. My round trip airline ticket from Bangkok to Koh Samui an island close to my destination, Koh Phagnam, is a total of $26. But I have to go to a United Counter to buy one, the closest one is the main airport here, about an hour ride away,,,there is no way I can get the ticket in the morning, my flight is early,,,so off to the airport I go, But before I do, I call the United customer service center ( in India) to find out the hours of the ticket counter at the airport...8-5,.,,,are you sure I ask.?..they only have one main line flight a day, so they are open all day after? Yes, she repeats...okay.,..I will have faith and make the journey..its over a hour with traffic.
I arrive and approach the abandoned counter, and see the sign...Hours 8am-11am. Ahhhh, I had a feeling. Okay, what to do to make this trip not a waste of time...I find a Internet sim card booth and load up my trusty Internet stick for my computer. When life gives you lemons...make lemonade.
So the flight I take will have to be later in the day, but i will still have to go in the morning to the airport, HOURS before my flight, do you think the girl from the call center at United in India will meet me there for some coffee while I'm waiting because she feels bad for giving me the wrong information? Doubtful.
I have to say Ive spent enough time in Bangkok to really get the vibe here and how things go.I know the street cart that has the best Pad Thai noodles for $1, and the jewelry cart with the best selection for 5 for $3....avoiding the frog Lady's by not even slightly looking their way and giving them eye contact ( for those of you who have been to Bangkok you know exactly what I'm talking about) My favorite massage place for $7 Thai massage knows me by name. This city as wonderful as it is, is much more appreciated in small a couple of days is enough, and then its time to move on to new adventures.
As I was standing waiting for a Delicious plate of those $1 pad Thai noodles, I couldn't help but notice this mid twenties backpacker guy standing next to me barefoot, waiting as well. Barefoot, in this dirty street? I asked him if he thinks that is such a good idea walking around here with no shoes on,,,the beach i get, but Bangkok? He says to me..." I like feeling the connection to the Earth" hmmmm, good answer, but that's not earth you're feeling under neath your feet baby, its the dirt and grime and not too mention quite a few other body liquids that have made it on top of the filth. I wish him well, gotta love the hippies.

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Iris on

Sounds like a great trip! As always, thanks for sharing your adventures! Have fun on your yoga retreat!

maureen mason on

My mouth is just watering for some street pad thai!!! Yum yum yum. Have you ever found a chicken satay with peanut sauce as good as the one we had in Kuala Lumpur????? Soon you will practicing your asanas 100 feet from your apartment overlooking the beautiful pacific ocean. Maybe not the Andaman sea but it is home sweet home xoxo

Sarah on

I can't believe she ate that! That is crazy! I am happy that there are places like the restaurant "Friends" in Bangkok. That is awesome that there are such great organizations like that. I had a feeling that lady was wrong about the times! I am glad you made the most of it though.

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