Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I woke up this morning just as the bus rolled into the Bangkok area. I was still bleary and hadn't yet put on my shoes or packed up a couple of loose things into my backpack when it suddenly pulled into a terminal, the name of which I couldn't see anywhere. I rushed to put on my shoes and get off the bus, but it only stopped for a minute or two. Then, as it proceeded into rush hour Bangkok traffic, I asked various other passengers and a couple of bus employees if they knew where the bus had just stopped and where it was going next, but none of them spoke English. They finally found a girl who spoke a little bit of it, and after a whole lot of slow talking and hand gestures, I realized that, thankfully, the bus was going to another stop in Bangkok near Siam Square.
When I disembarked there, a hotel security guard pointed me in the direction of Siam Square, but after I walked a quarter of a mile, I figured out it was in the opposite direction. I wonder if he was just clueless or if he was messing with me? Delirious, hot, sticky and sweat-soaked, I finally made it onto the air-con-blasted Skytrain, then into the cool breeze of the Chao Phraya river taxi. Luckily, Donna Guest House had a room available a little while after I arrived, where I took a much-needed shower and napped for a few hours. A delicious meal at May Kaidee's made things right again, followed by a little rest and relaxation at Santichaiprakan Park on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, where another big group of ladies rocked a super loud and ridiculous aerobics workout.
Tomorrow, I'm flying to Yangon, Myanmar. Internet access in that country is somewhat restricted, so I may not be able to post my Myanmar (or your Youranmar) updates until I return home to California in September. Thailand updates will resume in a couple of weeks when I return to Bangkok.
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