I couldn’t tell you why I chose that title for this post, but I like the sound of it.
Hey there Fams and Fiends. This was gonna be about my new house and town, but since I spent the last week away from it I figure I’ll cover my brief travels first.
So I went to Suphanburi to visit some orientation peeps. The way travel works out here is that Bangkok serves as a central hub that can get you to anywhere else in Thailand; however, there’s not much direct travel to and fro other places in the country. In order to get to Suphanburi (about 2 hours NNW of Bangkok), I had to travel East from Chachoengsao by van, then take another van up from Bangkok.
About the vans: They vary from awesome to really, really crowded. They can regularly fit about 15 or 16 people – which is normally enough – but the van companies don’t really do counts or booking or anything and the vans stop to pick people up/drop people off along the way like any town bus service. The plus side is that they’re air-conditioned (Thailand knows wassup when it comes to air conditioning), but the downside is that you may end up with, as I did, 22 people (with their luggage) crammed into a single van.
After that, we had a mini orientation reunion and went out to a jazz bar called “Saxophone Pub” or something. It was a really cool place, a good mix of Thai and foreign people, and a live band playing the whole night. They had drinks of every color, too, which seems reasonable. I didn’t get any pictures of the place other than their sign for the men’s bathroom. Shout out to Grace for helping to allay my concerns at the fact that I was pointing my phone’s camera at/into the men’s bathroom.
The next day, Adam went south to Petchaburi and I stuck around Bangkok for another day of adventure. We went to the Chatuchak Market, which is the largest market in Thailand and happens in Bangkok every weekend. I plan on going back there before flying home with the intention of buying EVERYTHING. So much fun stuff, guys. I probably would’ve blown all my money if Karima wasn’t there to talk some sense into me (Joy, you should thank her), so I simply walked out with a big hiking backpack (haggled off 6 dollars…yay) and a new watch that I’ve since broken and repaired twice.
I left Bangkok the next morning for Suphanburi. The trip was pretty simple, actually, considering I couldn’t communicate with anyone. People were pretty helpful and my pantomime skills are still fresh from years of high school theater, so it worked out.
I didn’t really take many pictures in Suphanburi, but it was good to see people. They showed me to the places they eat and drink at, I got to meet Pad Thai Lady and Coffee Lady, respectively, and I walked five hundred miles with Alyssa and Taylor to get food at a place with oversized, aggressive fish looking over our shoulders as we ate. Good times with great people.
Here’s a picture of a dragon statue:
So that’s that. The next post will be about my home and town, I promise. Maybe.
Oh, also! I haven’t had much time to read or work on my novel (I have a short story I need/want to get done for grad school apps), but I’ve been listening to a lot of music, so I’ll add an “What I’m Listening To” section to my post-script.
Take care everyone!
What I’m [Slowly] Reading: The Once and Future King by T.H. White
What I’m Writing: The Trial of Mars (working title) – 12%
What I’m Listening To: Finally Famous by Big Sean