Lost in Bangkok

5 Aug

I never thought I would be more happy to find home.

Walking in the hot, rainy weather of Thailand, and having no clue where you are is not a very fun feeling.
Right as I thought I had gotten the hang of the city, I get lost.

When I say lost… I mean LOST.

What started out as a quick trip to the post office to send a letter off to California, ended up being a 3-4 hour affair.

With me being lost for at least 2-3 hours.
Bangkok is one of the most tricky places to find your way around.

Oh well. I guess that’s part of being in a new city.

My day started off as almost all mornings here do. Write a little and blog.

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Headed to the market to find some food for breakfast.

Contrary to what everyone thinks, finding vegetarian food in Thailand is somewhat of a struggle. Actually its close to impossible at times.

American Thai food has more vegetarian options than you can eat, but Bangkok is a meat eaters city.

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With every turn of the corner you find something you would have never imagined.

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As my search for food seemed to be a failure, and my stomach growling, I came across a Buddhist lady with food spread out on the table

Whala! My prayers had been heard. Buddhists are vegetarian. Can’t go wrong here. And the price, only 20 Baht(appx. $.60)!? Perfect!
So I pay the lady and grab the food. As I grab the food, she takes my hand and walks me to the monk. She sits me down and tells me to pray. I look, and they gesture for me to give the monk my rice. “ok,” I think, “this isn’t too bad, I don’t need my rice”. Slowly I give the monk each piece of my meal.

How could this happen. Right when I thought I had finally found food, I paid for it and gave it away. Oh well. I guess it was a nice way to become more in touch with the Thai culture.

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At first I was upset on how the picture turned out, but on second glance I feel like it really captured the monk’s expression.

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Deep fried bananas are becoming one of my favorite street foods
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Women in Thailand sit side saddle even on scooters.
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After a long search I found a market down another alley with food. At last my search was over.
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As I walked past train tracks on the busy road, I couldn’t help but notice how pretty it looked
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I decided to take a walk down the tracks and see where all of these trees and vegetation was coming from. Turned out there was a long row of houses all along the train tracks. Actually I wish I could call them houses.
They were more like shacks. As depressing as it seemed, it actually was one of the most pleasant areas I explored today.

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I met a boy who quickly became my friend.

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It is funny how kids automatically run up to see the picture immediately after posing for the camera.
He kept running after me, waving good-bye as I kept on down the path of the tracks.
He had a joy about him that was unlike anything I had seen.
I am going to try to take a walk down there every couple of days to see him.

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In the middle of the slums was a boxing ring.
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Many of these small houses, sell food and refreshments.
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Walking out I soon found myself in another market.

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Went to go get food with my roommate on my way back towards home.

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After that it was back to my place to prepare a letter. First letter sent from Thailand. It ended up being 55 Baht. Much more than I expected, but I’m only paying like a dollar for each meal, so no biggie.

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Walked to the market and got some noodles. Yummy.

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The guy at the noodle place insisted on taking a picture of me. So I decided to post up the first picture of me on the blog.

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Although getting lost got me pretty discouraged, I had a great day.

Saw tons more than I could have imagined, and it is only 7:30 PM.

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6 Responses to “Lost in Bangkok”

  1. Layla August 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    finally! looking good 🙂

    • dariustii August 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

      Yea I guess it was about time. Thanks!

  2. an August 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    what a dork

    • dariustii August 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      I did feel like quite a dork, but I have found myself feeling pretty dumb a lot of the times in this new crazy place

  3. Jordy August 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    LOL awks!

    • dariustii August 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      LOL! you have no idea… I felt so strange.

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