Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
42Trip End Feb 27, 2013
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I don't even know where I am
Thanks Taipei airport and thanks for reminding me that smuggling drugs is punishable by death here. Wowser. Makes you clench a little tighter wondering if indeed you packed too many aspirin in your bag. What in the hell are those people thinking in the show, "Locked up abroad"???
After leaving the Taipei airport without sounding any alarms or getting pinched for aspirin smuggling, I arrived, in Bangkok. Why does it always seem that everyone else knows where they are going except me. I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb--white girl with a giant backpack. But, there are others with backpacks, but they seem like heat seeking guided missiles homing in on their target while I'm doping around trying to figure out just where the hell I am and whether I need to get on another train or take a taxi or walk....a map would help. Do I have one of those? Nope. Every little kiosk was fresh out. Press on.
I decide to go with a taxi...they don't understand me and don't understand where I want to go. Freakin great. I'm sweating pretty good now as the 88 degree temps are uber pleasant. Finally get a taxi to price gouge me, but hey, he's willing to take me. I get to my destination (that I had even looked at on Google Earth street view) and was so excited. Yeah, no vacancies. After getting directions, I wander out and try two more places...no vacancies. The fourth place has a room which I promptly take for fear of not finding a place. WiFi but no toilet paper. Guess that's #1 on the agenda followed by hunting down a map.
Any impressions I have? Uhhh, it's exactly what I thought Bangkok would look like...shanty buildings, streets, and chaos. Oh yes. This was an awesome idea Jasmine. All alone. Day One and I am needing some positive attitude because frankly, I'd be happy to just bebop back to the airport and take my happy ass home. But first, I will probably need toilet paper.