I like you BKK
Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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Where I stayed
Ma Dee Hostel
Lately, I've occasionally craved some of the home comforts that seem so far. Waking up in my own place, calling up (long-term, not brief and new-found) friends for brunch, doing my own laundry, having a closet full of fresh clothes and uncounted shoes to chose from. I remember sitting like this in a café in Toledo 6 and 1/2 months ago (http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/henniterness/1/1285591132/tpod.html). It felt different then
Wat Arun gets checked off my Bangkok list, as does Wat Po and Chinatown. Thankfully, I still enjoy temples if you can believe it. The smaller, ordinary ones not so much, I am skipping those. But the big, famous ones still leave me in awe. Chinatown on the other hand is not as exotic to me as it might have been months ago. Though some things there I plainly don’t understand. For example, what are they selling all these paper goods for? Paper shirts and shoes, paper crowns, paper money, paper garlands, and so on. Besides that and other items I don’t understand, it is a more intense version of a North American Chinatown. More dirty, more loud, more choice of dried sea animals and plants, more weird looking animal bits, more cheap looking textiles, more variety of cheesy, neon and gold nick-knacks, more lack of personal space, more variety of exotic fruit and other unidentifiable vegetation and meats. And plenty of small temples in between, all of which appear to be under construction. Most decorated with neon and pastel coloured dragons and Chinese style sweeping roofs.
I also meet two Couchsurfers for dinner and drinks. At different times. Both Indian film producers from Mumbai, one of them lives in Goa. Both are in town for a project. One a bit older, one a bit younger. I don’t think that they know each other. Both very interesting characters. Bizarre that they both reached out to me with such similar backgrounds
Overall, a very pleasant stay, making me feel more at home here than I had before. I am starting to get to know the city and the city is getting to know me. I am not fond of the large size and the disparate neighbourhoods that can’t be walked to. I prefer places that I can cover by foot entirely. But other than that, Bangkok certainly has its own charms. It’s more than just the loud, rude and touristy Khao San area. It’s a metropolis that has everything to offer. If you can’t find something to your liking here, I daresay you just haven’t tried hard enough.