Pretending it’s the End of the World

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An open, but deserted, Pho Nimit station

In a city with 11,000,000 residents, it’s not often you find yourself in a deserted public place or even space. Yesterday I found myself in just such a place- the brand new and very recently opened BTS Pho Nimit station. It was just after 4pm when I walked up the stairs to the deserted platform. No train, no other people, just a TV doing it’s thing, meaning blaring some Thai advert for skin whitening cream.

Damn, to be 5 years old instead of 45- what a great opportunity to play ‘the world ended and I’m the loan survivor.’ When the train pulled up, I did take a good long look at the driver to ensure it wasn’t a zombie. And then back to the shoulder-to-shoulder urban existence.

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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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