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Goodbye Asia

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

After I finished typing the blog entry, I decided on a whim to shave my head bald as I realized I have never seen myself bald and here was a good opportunity to do it. (I am on the trip to gain new experiences.) I went to a barber near the Ta Phrae gate and she worked for over a half an hour with an old fashioned razor to give my skull that smoothness that I desired. When you shave yourself bald you learn a few things about your skull that you didn’t know before. For example I have numerous scars and my head is not perfectly round on top. (If you are good, later I might even show you a picture.). Despite my head having an albino, never in the sun color, it didn’t look horrible. That task accomplished, I walked back to the hotel noticing that I was walking a bit easier and I was now so much more areodynamic. I went to bed early that night as I had to catch an early train. [read on]

Life of Pai

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

I returned to my guesthouse after writing the last blog entry and proceeded to become slightly ill. I spent the night suffering from nauseau and a very upset stomach. In the morning the upset stomach was mostly gone, but I was still dizzy. I had thought about postponing going to Pai ,but decided to give it a try anyway. I left most of my bags at my guesthouse since I was coming back anyway and set off walking to the bus station with my small backpack. I had plans to get a lift, but as with everywhere in Asia white face means overcharge and I was halfway to the bus station before I finally found someone to take me for a reasonable price. I could have finished the walk myself, but as I said, I was feeling a bit ill. At the bus station I bought a ticket for the 10:30 bus. The bus wasn’t crowded and I had a seat to myself. We left on time and much to my head’s delight we went to Pai along what must be one of the windiest roads in Thailand. The trip was pretty, going through lots of mountains and forest but I saw only bits of it as I tried to sleep as much as I could. The 130 km trip took about 4.5 hours due in no large part to all the stopping. Sitting in the seat in front of me was an Australian lady named Dominique. We spoke a bit but I probably wasn’t the best company. By the time we got to Pai, I was feeling better, somewhat due to the sleep I had gotten on the bus. Dominique had some recommendations on where to stay and since I had left my guidebook behind I went with her. We walked down the main tourist street of Pai which ended at a small bamboo bridge over the river. Across the bridge were many bamboo and leaf bungalows. Most of the ones directly on the river lacked porch hammocks, so I immediately ruled them out. We found some a bit further back set around a large circle. They had their own bathrooms. We checked in and laid about on the hammocks for a while before going back into town to eat. [read on]

Leaving Laos and Thailand Return

Monday, March 3rd, 2008
After typing the last blog entry, I found a restaurant to eat at on the main strip. While eating, I got involved in a conversation with two other Americans. We ended up deciding to see what the Tuesday night nightlife of ... [Continue reading this entry]

Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
I woke at 4:15 am on New Year's Eve so that I could catch my train to Cambodia and finally got to bed 24 hours later....... Leaving Robert's apartment at 4:45 am, I took a prearranged taxi to the the Hualamphong ... [Continue reading this entry]

More Bangkok

Sunday, December 30th, 2007
My last three days in Bangkok have been an interesting mix of close animal encounters and high fashion. I found a tailor on the street near the apartment where I am staying. It is run (or staffed anyway) by a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bipolar India and Impressed in Thailand

Thursday, December 27th, 2007
Well, I am sitting safely in Bangkok as I type this in the apartment of a friend of my father's. I spent my final few days in India in Mumbai and what a finish it was. My train for Mumbai ... [Continue reading this entry]