Thousands are volunteering to assist with the clean up in Bangkok. Streets are re-opening, checkpoints are being reduced, the
cleanup at what was the center of the rally
curfew shortened- things are getting back to normal.
The cleanup progress is shocking, streets that were blackened with smoke from burning tires have been swept, washed, swept and washed again. Local and national business are contributing free meals to anyone helping with the cleanup.
As expected, Thais are working hard and with smiles to get Bangkok back up and running- it was estimated over 5,000 people volunteered to assist with the cleanup.
I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok.
I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore.
I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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