Ni Millor, Ni Pitjor – Diferent.
Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
85Trip End Jan 08, 2012
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The title roughly translates from Catalan as "Not Better or Worse - Just Different". This is not entirely the case as I am passing judgement on these things that are different.
Food & Drink
- I came down for breakfast today to find something that looked distinctly distasteful was being served. There is of course a more traditional breakfast for the European tourists, but Thai breakfasts are also laid on. When I asked what this unpleasant looking concoction was, I was told, "Morning curry. It very healthy!" I thought I'd give it a whirl as I love the idea of a morning curry and I have to admit it was absolutely delicious. However, to be honest, spicy food morning, noon and night is starting to play havoc with my insides.
- It was bad enough when Brits started putting ice in cider, but to put it in beer? Well, that's what the Thais do and before knocking it, I did try it; I thought I was going to throw up.
- I’ve heard of Iceberg lettuce, but putting ice in the salad itself??? Really? To be truthful, it’s actually not a bad idea when you’re having a spicy salad – yes, you read that right, a spicy salad.
- Bangkok has a special smell – I’m not being nasty, many locals walk around with surgical masks on to filter out the smell
- Why are there no green men for pedestrians at traffic lights? There are traffic lights that do have little green men in Khao San (and other tourist) areas – obviously because the tourists have no idea of how to cross a road and need all the help they can get. The problem is that, rightly or wrongly (I’m still not sure which), the cars seem to ignore the red lights and drive right through them – and when I say cars, I mean all traffic – tuk-tuks, buses, taxis, motorbikes, cyclists...everybody! However, move away from the tourist areas and you’re left to fend for yourself. I spent 20 minutes at an intersection this evening trying to work out how to cross it. At the major intersections traffic comes from all directions at all times, there isn’t a moment when all traffic is stationary, and unlike Spain, there’s no light to indicate that a car has to stop when someone is crossing, nor are there islands for pedestrians to 'feel’ safe if they only make it half way, and the main roads are really wide.
- When is a pedestrian crossing not a pedestrian crossing? When it’s in Bangkok. Pedestrian/Zebra crossings do exist in Bangkok and they even have a huge sign hanging high above the road for the oncoming traffic to spot. Clearly, they won’t stop if someone is just waiting for them to do so, therefore you have to be proactive about it. You take a deep breath and step out slowly into the traffic. Logic dictates that once you’ve taken this initiative, the traffic will stop (eventually). Not in Bangkok. They drive around you and continue on their merry way.
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