Unexpected Holiday

A great part of living overseas is your lack of understanding about things that are happening, leading to a very healthy lack of control. Lack of understanding, like when Monday is a holiday and you don’t know it.

Bangkok is busy all the time, very much like Manhattan. I went for a walk this morning- I try to walk an hour each morning, heading through Lumpini Park and stopping to buy fresh fruit. As soon as I walked out the front door, I knew something was different. The streets were quiet, not many motorbike taxi’s and a serious lack of venders on the sidewalks selling food. It is Monday, was my first thought. A block later I realized that it was a holiday- a major office building was closed.

Saturday the 23rd was a holiday, but it is being observed on Monday- today. Alas, no fresh fruit for me this morning and no friendly morning greetings from all the venders on the street. But a big smile from me as I realize the more I know about what is happening, the more I don’t know.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb 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.
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