Soon, I’ll be leaving Bangkok. Being here a 2nd full day reminds me why I spend such little time in big cities when I travel – because they’re just that, big – and noisy and smelly and crowded and anonymous. And somehow being alone here feels lonely in ways I just don’t feel when I’m in small villages and can make contact with the local people.
So I’ll treat Bangkok as I treat similar megalopolises – and get out of here today! Yep, booked my overnight train to Ubon Ratchathani, leaving at 8:30 tonight and arriving tomorrow morning at 7:30 and from there, about a 3-hour bus ride to my destination in Southern Laos, Pakse. I’ve got a sleeper, so I might even get a little rest on the journey!
Pakse is quite off the tourist track, as is most of Southern Laos, hence my interest in hanging out there for awhile. I’m looking forward to a quiet little village, exploring the countryside and familiarizing myself with the Laotian people and their customs – a new world awaits and I am ready!
I found an amazing lunch place today as I was strolling – huge salad with everything organic, fresh and ohso yummy – a departure from the food sold everywhere on the street which I’ve also been enjoying – pad thai for $1 can’t be beat!
I’ve become even more pleased with my little guest house – so quiet, the staff so helpful – a true oasis in this big, crazy city. I’ve just returned here today after a full day of walking everywhere until my feet just gave out and now I’m waiting for a massage before I board my overnight train.
Yes, a 2-hour massage – get used to reading about massages because I have a feeling there’s plenty of them in my future At $12 for 2 hours, there just may not be much else to hold my interest! Well, that’s probably not true, but I can become a massage slut with no effort at all!
I cut my hair again this morning – yikes – I really don’t think I can be trusted another minute with this hair-cutting tool! It’s just so easy to deal with it when it’s so short – and hey, what the hell, new look, new life – nobody knows me here! I know, I know, you want to see what it looks like – well, one of these days, I’ll make that happen!
The blog is growing on me – I love reading comments that people are posting and just knowing that it’s being read by the anam caras in my life (important word from the Celtics – check it out!) holds me while I’m out here in a very dear way to me – thanks, dear ones, for coming along with me for this ride – I can feel you out here and I love that!
I have no idea about internet where I’m headed, so this may be it for a bit – I’ll be back and so will you and isn’t that fun!