Thursday, September 6, 2007
Holy shit, I'm in Bangkok! After close to 30 hours of flying, waiting to fly and a couple of taxi rides, I finally made it. So, from the airport is was about an hour's drive to the New Siam guesthouse where I am currently nursing my hangovers for the next couple of days. I'm about a block off of Ko Saun Road, the renown (or infamous, pending how you look at it) haven for backpackers. Set next to an alley busseling with vendors, tuk-tuks, taxis, motorcycles, vendors, monks, travelers and the occasional mongrel. All I can say is that years of Phish tour have not prepared me for this assault on the senses; though it did help soften the blow. It's like Shakedown street with a population of 10 million. If that doesn't help, visualize New Orleans on Fat Tuesday with dengue fever.
Food, travel & clothing are pretty cheap here, though I must learn to haggle. There is definitely a learning curve for the first time traveler here in Southeast Asia. And it's a steep one my friends. Tomorrow I head to Krabi. A twelve hour train ride, to tropical beaches and limestone cliffs.
And now for the gear review (this is for you guys back at the shop) :
So Kris K, we've got to talk about the North Face shorts you recommended. While they are indeed comfortable, quick-drying and breathable, there is a big flaw. (And I'm pretty sure that I'm using the word 'big' here aptly.) Because they are a bit baggy in front, the extra fabric tends to create the illusion of, well, let's just say they make me look like I'm happy to see someone. And because most of the tables at which one dines is below knee level, this protrusion of bunched fabric is very apparent. I have now dubbed these shorts, my "happy shorts." I first noticed this attribute last night, while dining at a very cool open-air restaurant. As I reclined back in my bamboo chair, gulping down a deuce-deuce of Singha and watching the spectacle of the alley. I looked down to swat a mosquito. That's when I noticed it. Today, I buy a longer shirt.
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