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Mar. 6th, 2013 @ 08:11 pm Bangkok, for a moment
For a city I have never expressed any interest in visiting I find myself in Bangkok for the second time in my life. Funny how that works out. I still don't have any interest in visiting it though it has been nice for what I needed: a cheap place to stay for a few days, some shopping venues and all of the western chain restaurants I can eat my way through. My last morning I am chilling in the hotel restaurant biding my time before I need to leave to the airport. I had an itineray planned out for this morning, a walking visit to temples and buddhas but I can't be bothered.

I really shouldn't beat up on Bangkok but for some reason it has never appealed. It is as if every travel cliche that has ever been written or noted can be footnoted to Bangkok, to Thailand. All of the suspects are here: the drunk spring breaker, the pretty young girl who spends entirely too much time making herself up, the gracelessly aging hippie or the dazed over look of one seeking enlightenment but finding only neon.

I won't say any of that is a terribly bad thing. It's just a wearying thing. I am too jaded, too old a backpacker to feign excitement over questions of "where are you from" or "what do you do". I have become my own cliche, of course.

This visit has been a layover, a 4 day break in my journey to India which commences tonight. India snuck up on me. Up until just a few months ago I had told myself I had no interest in visiting, in dealing with the hassles. My assumption that India is a place you enjoy after the fact, after you have survived the daily onslaughts seemed born out the more and more I spoke to people who had been.

But then I found myself booking a ticket, planning a route, setting aside 2 months to make my way through this massive, intimidating and overwhelming country. I enter with a belief that I am going into battle and maybe that is the wrong frame of mind. But I am expecting the worst and hoping to be pleasantly surprised by the reality. Or I will spend the next 2 months dodging touts as I race to the nearest toilet. We shall see....India will be good for me, I think.

Don't know if I will be regularly on LJ but I have been missing the venue to write, to put words to a screen. I also have some other adventures planned:

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And, sweet jesus, when did the backpackers get so young?
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From:girlinterrupted
Date:March 7th, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
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Great to see a post from you again! I hope you will write about India since I don't know too many who have been :) Good luck and safe travels!
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From:longshot14
Date:March 7th, 2013 06:23 am (UTC)
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Crap - that Bruce Sterling comment was me. Didn't notice I wasn't logged in.
From:alice_mccoy
Date:March 7th, 2013 08:57 am (UTC)
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Hello,

Lovely to hear from you again.
Enjoy India and carry hand sanitiser and your own bog roll at all times!
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From:didotwite
Date:March 7th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
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oh hai. weather's been REALLY nice here this week though. lucky you.

i would say the rest of thighland is worth a look sometime, but you're right about BKK. You have to work at it to avoid the cliches.

are you headed back to the ice?
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From:sunnygirly21
Date:March 7th, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear again from you and that you are enjoying yourself on the road once more :) I am also looking forward to posts from India, as I would love to go someday as well :)

And I do agree about Bangkok, I think it is a very enjoyable place for young people looking for parties, cheap accommodation, food and drinks, but I much prefer other places in Thailand and its neighbouring countries outside crowded tourist areas.

Hope you keep us updated on your travels, it all sounds pretty exciting :)
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From:kishenehn
Date:March 7th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Great to see you here! I'm looking forward to some travelogues ... :)
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From:malterre
Date:March 7th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
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Back online! I hope it's wonderful. Will you be returning to the station?
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From:mananath
Date:March 10th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
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yes, in August.
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From:lilisin
Date:March 8th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
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Great to see you back and am looking forward to more blog posts! You have definitely been missed online.
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From:sillyheart
Date:March 8th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Oh look at you back here!

This is the first year that I felt like the young ones are getting awfully young. We're aging, apparently.
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From:wolflady26
Date:March 8th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I hope you'll be able to write from India. I love your travel stories.
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From:whyelaborate
Date:March 9th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
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Nice to see a post from you! Good luck with your India adventure, hope to see more writings about it.
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From:soopahgrover
Date:March 9th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
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$450.95??!? That's amazing!
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From:mananath
Date:March 10th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
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and 100,000 frequent flyer miles.