Positive Attitude

Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 27, 2013

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Push the red button or the silver button.  I debated the option.  Now I've watched a lot of  movies and never once was pushing or cutting anything red ever good.  Going with that, I tried the silver one.  Voila! Success!  The toilet flushed!   Is this a bad omen that I am not even sure how to properly use the toilet in an international airport?  Granted, the stall next to me was a squat toilet---yep, at the Taipei airport.  Those bathroom signs telling users to not stand and squat on the toilet seat at Washington State University make so much sense now.    I bet you all are on the edge of your seat wondering what the red button was (I was sure curious--like I was curious enough to try the 'fried egg' in the in flight meal---how are they gonna do a fried egg on a plane---they don't...it's scrambled in a big, dense square--gross).  Back to the red button.  Turns out it is an SOS alarm.  Press only in emergencies and an alarm will sound (I found this out from another stall that actually had the buttons labeled).  haha--how close I was to seeking immediate emergency help with an alarm in the bathroom.   (I would have run away the moment that thing went off, just fyi). 
Thanks Taipei airport and thanks for reminding me that smuggling drugs is punishable by death here.  Wowser.  Makes you clench a little tighter wondering if indeed you packed too many aspirin in your bag.  What in the hell are those people thinking in the show, "Locked up abroad"???

After leaving the Taipei airport without sounding any alarms or getting pinched for aspirin smuggling, I arrived, in Bangkok.  Why does it always seem that everyone else knows where they are going except me.  I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb--white girl with a giant backpack.  But, there are others with backpacks, but they seem like heat seeking guided missiles homing in on their target while I'm doping around trying to figure out just where the hell I am and whether I need to get on another train or take a taxi or walk....a map would help.  Do I have one of those?  Nope.  Every little kiosk was fresh out.  Press on. 

I decide to go with a taxi...they don't understand me and don't understand where I want to go.  Freakin great.  I'm sweating pretty good now as the 88 degree temps are uber pleasant.  Finally get a taxi to price gouge me, but hey, he's willing to take me.  I get to my destination (that I had even looked at on Google Earth street view) and was so excited.  Yeah, no vacancies.   After getting directions,  I wander out and try two more places...no vacancies.  The fourth place has a room which I promptly take for fear of not finding a place.  WiFi but  no toilet paper.  Guess that's #1 on the agenda followed by hunting down a map.

Any impressions I have?  Uhhh, it's exactly what I thought Bangkok would look like...shanty buildings, streets, and chaos.  Oh yes.  This was an awesome idea Jasmine.  All alone.  Day One and I am needing some positive attitude because frankly, I'd be happy to just bebop back to the airport and take my happy ass home.  But first, I will probably need toilet paper. 
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Jonathan Thom on

Look at that! You have a fan! And a bed with sheets! As if the coin ain't worth it! Personally, I would have tried the squatting toilet... but I'm sure there will be time for that in the future. The only big hurdle you have coming up is beaver fever. Montezuma's revenge, the curse of the mummy, and any other euphemism's you have for traveler's diarrhea. Your welcome. ;)

Matt on

At least you made it there in one piece! There's nothing more reassuring than looking out your plane's window to see nothing but ocean for 12 hours or however long your flight was. So there's a triumph.

You had to see the toilet paper thing coming, though. That's a recurring theme on your international trips. I figured that would have been at least 50% of you pack.

Your digs aren't that bad either. So what if it looks like the one room apartment where the indentured servant employees sleep in the back of the Main Moon chinese restaurant in Goodlettsville. It's worked for them for years so surely a week won't be too bad.

And we all know you just need a good meal and things will start looking up. Just follow your nose, and tummy, and you'll be BFFs with the best street vendors in town in no time. Just pray you pick correctly. I'd hate to miss with a tp shortage going around.

Linda on

I concur with Matt and Jon. You made it safely. First hurdle cleared. I don't understand the tp shortage. No trees for pulp or what? Hope you can find a market that sells some kind of paper products. I mean what do these people use? I expect you will discover the answer soon enough. The room does look nice- is that a hostel or hotel room? How much is gouging for a taxi these days in Bangkok? Remember bee-bopping back to the airport is plan B. Need to save that for emergencies. Some food, some real rest, and your spirits will be better. (o and some tp). We are there with you each step of the way, so go sit on a bench and check things out before abandoning ship. More pictures!!

Alan Duncan on

Sweet ;)

Heather on

Great job Cous'! SO Proud of you! The first Ware to make it to Asia (and probably a lot of other places too.) You've got many angels watching over you, and certainly ONE of them with guide you to some damn toilet paper. My guess would be like Uncle Sonny- who you didn't know well, but chances are, since a lifetime of deafness is very much like being in a different world.... he'd sympathize with your need for some of the "comforts" of home. (Who the hell would have guessed tp would be a "comfort"???) In any case, chin up. You've already made many thousands of miles farther than any of us chickens on this side of the Pacific. =)

Kim on

hang in there girl! you are braver than me-just be careful.

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