A Taste of Mexico in Thailand

Trip Start Mar 14, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I am in southern Thailand on the island of Phuket...pronounced Poo-Get, not F*#* It.  I'm visiting my Mexican buddy Carlos, who I got to know well over a bottle of good tequila while I was working in a hostel in Uruguay.  He moved here about seven months ago and is opening a Mexican restaurant and guesthouse so I thought I would drop in and see what's going on.  Quite simply the place is crazy...full of bars, restaurants and night clubs.  It's a little too glitzy and commercial but that also means it's a good place to have a business.  So I have found myself helping out here to get the restaurant open.  Carlos has employed me as a painter and I've been spending the last week painting a Mexican mural on one of the restaurant walls and a Real Mexican Food sign.  It's taking me forever so I'm glad I'm not in a hurry to be somewhere.

Phuket is fun and I have come to the conclusion that the Yamaha scooter I rented is the best invention ever after air conditioning.   Thanks to my scooter, I have been all over Phuket Island.  Gone are the days of walking in the hot sun.  I scoot everywhere now.  And renting the thing was even easier than riding it.  With my passport, international driver's license, Pennsylvania driver's license, and credit card in hand, I went to the rental place with Carlos.  I was prepared to hand over all my documentation and explain why nothing says that I can actually ride a motorbike.  Carlos did all the talking.  "This my friend.  He need motorbike seven day."   And the guy took my money, gave me the key, and I rode away.  No documents were ever shown.  I've now had the thing for over two weeks and I can't take it back... I love the thing.

I will need to go on a border run soon.  Thailand only gives me 30 days at a time in my passport so I need to renew by the 18th.  This is easily done in a day with a quick trip over to Myanmar(Burma) and back.   Unfortunately, I cannot take my scooter there.
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