Monday, February 21, 2011
Bright Lights, Big City- Arrival and Digs
It turned out to be a much shorter walk than advertised- probably closer to two kilometers than the four the aghast bus station attendants and policemen warned us. We ended up there still in the dark and had to wait close to 45 minutes, poor Zach being eaten like fresh meat in a zombie video game by the multitudinous mosquitoes. Having suffered a similar fate on our trip to Surin, I knew to travel in jeans and with socks. Our reliable golden retriever, Ben, managed to make two friends immediately, two interesting West Virginia youth just finishing a whirlwind trip through Western China and Vietnam. That is, of course, one of the great joys of traveling, coming up against fellow flotsam, asking where they have been, why, and where they are headed next. It feels nice to be able to say we are working and living in the poor area of Thailand, and we inevitably get props from other wanderers- Hey, that's really cool! And it is! We talked with them in the very clean and modern train station until finally six o' clock rolled around and we headed for Ben's friend Dan's hotel suite where we were staying.
Ben still couldn't sleep so we climbed out the window onto and took a few photos of the neighborhood from aloft.