Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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My non-negotiable hot shower need means that he'll be spending 2 to 3 times his budget if we share a room
Thinking these thoughts also reminds me of the vast gap in cultures I have crossed the past four months. And how the same experience would be viewed so differently is all of them.
- Germany (and most or at least some of Europe): No questions asked, no eye brows raised. At all.
- North America: No questions asked, but certainly one raised eye brow and a curious look.
- Middle East and other Muslim nations: Not even an option unless you are married
- As for Thailand, I'd say anything goes here. But Yu, the lady from Buddha Guesthouse (that fell in love with Rene ;)), had a hard time believing that we only just met. And that we are merely sharing a room and bed, nothing more. No one here will care or stop you, but it isn't common.
Turns out, I didn't just save some $s, but also learned a few interesting things from Rene. Over a few shared meals, beverages and beach time, he tells me what he knows about Thai culture and habits, a little about property rights and working visas. I must pick up the book he read all this in, called 'Farang in Thailand'. I am also really interested in his experience/accident with a Thai prostitute and trouble finding girlfriends who have the same horizontal preferences as him. He makes no secret out of being into S&M and I am curious to learn about some of the etiquette from that world. Even though I am what he considers 'sti-no', short for 'stink normal', meaning 'stinking normal' (or 'bloody boring' if I may pick a less literal translation), I at no time feel outraged, turned off (or on, for that matter) or grossed out by his stories. Surely, I have always been on the liberal end with my POV on prostitution and such topics. Now, I am trying to decide if this trip has made me more open-minded and his tales would have left a more raunchy or wrong taste in my mouth before.
Doesn't matter either way. What matters is that I made a new friend. Shaved head, tatooed, ear-lobe-stretched, double-nipple-pierced, S&M practicing, medieval music and Thailand lover, bag-pipe playing, Lebenskuenstler, super NICE guy. I've always enjoyed collecting people in my life :)