Waiting for a room
Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
205Trip End Mar 21, 2013
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We take a tuk-tuk to the Kong Court Guest House where we have arrived too early for our room to be ready. They are full so we cant even get an alternative room and have to wait.
We leave our bags with reception and walk to the Chinese area near the big market for some breakfast. We always eat 'blah tong go' - 'golden fish'? - for breakfast here. Small bread/batter concoctions deep fried in oil. Back at Kong Court still no room and they and palm us off with a single room for our first night but were not having that.
Stay in the room and watch quite a bit of football on TV and then go and exchange some money. Almost an identical rate to that I got in Bangkok when we first got back at the end of August. I was supposed to be paying it straight into my bank account here but forgot that it was the weekend !
Walk to my usual bookstore later and find that he is happy to exchange books for me again. Struggling to walk back to Kong Court and was thinking about getting a tuk-tuk when Noi from reception stops and picks me up on her motorbike.
Go out about 19:00 and walk, very slowly, to friend Ben's bar to eat and for a couple of beers. She is excited that finally she has got a 10 year US visa come through and will be going for a holiday with husband Bill next year. She gives me some Iraqi banknotes that Bill brought for me.
A very heavy storm starts up and takes out the electric just as they were tuning in the satellite for me to watch Gloucester v Sale rugby. Electric comes bacvk just in time for the Eng v SA match but it neednt have bothered as I thought both teams were equally dull.
Ben gave us a lift back to Kong Court on the motorbike she uses for her shopping with a sort of sidecar fitted.