Bikes, Babies, gingers and Surprises!

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 01, 2006

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Sunday, December 4, 2005

so, next stop khorat, which is about 100km north east of bangkok, it took about 4 hours in a hot bus, but the journey was relativily good, and we arrived without to much excitment. this city is the second biggest in thailand, but no travellers have ever heard of it, caus theres not much for tourists to do here, apart from use it as a gateway to east thailand, but we were on a higher calling, to stay with the long forgotten benny c (also known as mad benny, a long long time ago). he lives here with his thai wife, Fern, and his newly born little baby, maddix (a.k.a tiger) (1 month old).

the big question for me was, if the ginger hair of ben, or the thai black of fern would win the gene battle. the joy i feel in sharing the news with you, that the baby is a pale white, red head, carbon copy on ben, but not quite so ugly. its offical ginger beats all. bar the constant crying, the baby is a real sweatie, but not sweet enough to bring my ten year, no baby plan forward.
he has a 3 bedroom apartment (70 quid a month), and teaches english around here, and it was intresting to talk to him about ups and downs of his tefl (teaching english as a foreign language) couse, as that whats i'll be doing in march.
a couple of hours after our arival, ben takes us out on the town, transportation moped (kate) and chopper (danny), kebabs, sausages, beer and whiskey, which you buy by the bottle, before, getting the two bull horn rock fingers ready to end the night in a thai rock bar. one of the strange things i did notice in khorat, was that waitresses never leave your drink empty (they get in to big trouble if you pour a drink yourself), so you lose track of what your drinking (thats my excuse). also different girls sell different beers, and wear the appropriate t-shirt as promotion, caus the thai men always drink the beer sold by the lady that they like the most. you also find that pretty much every where you go, has live music as a standard, although their standards themselves can be varying, the most common english spoken song, has to be 'country roads', don't ask me why, and they always sing it to us, like its our national anthem.

other than that korat, was generally un eventful, if not relaxed, and satisfingly fattening. on our last night out we watched ben craok along with some thai rasta's in an empty bar, and me and kate had a matching tattoo, sorry miss mcshea, see pics, its not that bad i promise, back on the road.

its hard to write intresting stuff, when your just chillin, promise to do something of more note, in the really near future. get in touch!
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