Sawadee Krap All!
After far too many hours on an airplane I have finally settled into a guesthouse near Khaosan road in the intensely alive city of Bangkok. After arriving in the Baglampu area near Khaosan road I spent about an hour tromping around the area with my heavy pack going in and out of guest houses and hotels in search of something affordable but not cockroach infested (I've seen several in some of the rooms I checked out). No sooner had I settled on a very modest, but clean, room for the night, the sky darkened with thunder, lightning and intense rain!
I had a gloriously refreshing cold shower and brushed 20, or so, hours of crud off of my teeth before heading out, umbrella in hand, in search of some food and people watching. I found one of many amazing street vendors and enjoyed my first, as my brother Joseph would say, "Ghetto Fabulous" food on this adventure. So good---I don't think I'll have a hard time enjoying the culinary delights of southeast Asia. Don't be surprised if a good portion of the email updates I send contain repeated references to the great food I encounter...
It's pretty great getting a chance to come back here after nearly seven years. The Khaosan area has really expanded significantly (commercially that is). Even the "quiet" areas around the temple grounds have turned into a very happening tourist spot. For better or worse McDonald's, Subway and Starbucks are now all prominent members of the neighborhood. I think I'm going to try and check out the Chinatown area of Bangkok tomorrow; word has it that the Chinatown area is like Khaosan was ten years ago (it seemed more authentic when I was last here).
Well, it's time for me to grab an ice cold beverage and try to make some friends! I'll write with more detail on my last week in Oahu and other experiences soon.
I give my love to all who read this!