April 5, 2017

Travel Roundup: Thailand, Day One (Hello)

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Traveled for 10 days in Thailand, 5 days in Tokyo. Here’s my write-up.

Bangkok

  • What I heard about Bangkok: it’s dirty, loud, chaotic, and smelly. Get out of there as soon as possible.
  • What I thought: It didn’t seem any dirtier, louder, or more chaotic than any other city. I did encounter an unpleasant raw sewage smell at varying times (in the city and on the islands), but nothing terrible. Once I was in rural Ohio and the nose-searing smell of pig feces (a fertilizer) has haunted me ever since. That was way worse. Get over it.

Landed at 11 pm in Bangkok, after 22 uneventful hours of flying halfway around the Earth. Was able to buy a SIM card and exchange money at that time: score. Got a cab easily, showed him my poorly-translated-into-Thai address of hostel #1: Siri Poshtel. The Google Translated text didn’t help, but the Thai map did (I had read that cabbies often don’t know much/any English, so I came prepared). He dropped me off a block away from the hostel, insisting that this dimly-lit building was my hostel. I knew we were near the actual hostel, so I thanked him and got out. I proceeded to wander around in a confused, sleep-deprived daze until a prostitute helped me find the hostel. Nice! And who should happen to be checking in at the exact moment that I arrived but my friend Josh, who has been living in Thailand for the past two years! We got settled in, cracked a few beers, and reminisced while waiting for the third member of our traveling trio to arrive. An hour or two later she showed up with an irate cabbie (takeaway: don’t use Google Translate to transliterate addresses from English to Thai).

Despite the fact that it was now 1 or 2 am, we set off for nearby Khao San Road. This place has a reputation for being a wild destination for backpackers. By this time of  the night, it was mostly intoxicated Thais and street vendors. I had my first of many, many snacks on this trip: grilled chicken for about 30 cents. It was delicious. Sated, we wandered back to the hostel and fell asleep at about 4 am.

Ate breakfast on a beautiful, open-air patio with tropical plants overhead. Roosters crowing in the background, we had papaya, melon, tart and delicious orange juice, and rice with a chicken broth poured over it.

First thing that I noticed that Thailand does better than the U.S.: bathrooms. They have sprayers that you use to clean yourself, and sometimes toilet paper to dry off which goes in a trash receptacle. It’s all very sanitary and logical.

Stumbled across Wat Ratchabophit, a Buddhist temple meaning “Marble Temple” according to the internet.

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Orchids growing wild in the park between Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Pho:

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Wat Pho, with the massive Reclining Buddha:

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Then I had the best Tom Yum of my life. Thai iced coffee. Fried bananas. Wontons with an egg in the middle. If you go hungry in Bangkok, you are doing something wrong.

Took a tuk-tuk ride, with a fun bit where our driver made a u-turn into the path of oncoming traffic. Exciting!

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Watched the sunset from Sky Train Jazz Club, which was a delightful, mellow rooftop bar.

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Caught the train to the airport, and flew to Krabi Town. Arrived at the White Pearl Hotel around midnight or so and crashed.

November 2, 2012

My One-Year Denver-versary!

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I  won’t say much about it, but overall, moving to Denver was a Very Good Decision.

 

July 9, 2012

My Vacation, in a Nutshell:

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Went jet skiing, boating, attempted to wakeboard.

Learned how to shoot firearms (at tin cans) on a beautiful ranch, next to a log cabin that someone’s grandfather built.

Hiked around Vedauwoo.

Rocked out to Patti Fiasco in Centennial.

Went dancing at Tracks.

Camped near Glenwood Canyon, and hiked to Hanging Lake.

Wandered around the forest, watching birds and marveling at the beauty of nature (that stuff never gets old).

Ate delicious Thai pizza in Breckenridge.

Made new friends and met up with old ones.

Felt peaceful, relaxed, and zen for the first time in a long time.

May 2, 2012

Kick Out the Jams

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The Black Keys, May 1, 2012:

I’d heard good things about their live performances, and I wasn’t disappointed. Not much talking at all, no silly costumes, but solid musicianship. Dan has this awesome steampunk-y looking guitar, too.

Setlist:

 Howlin’ for You
 Next Girl
 Run Right Back
 Same Old Thing
 Dead and Gone
 Gold on the Ceiling
 Thickfreakness
 Girl Is On My Mind
 I’ll Be Your Man
 Your Touch
 Little Black Submarines
 Money Maker
 Strange Times
 Nova Baby
 Ten Cent Pistol
 Tighten Up
 Lonely Boy

Encore:

Everlasting Light
She’s Long Gone
I Got Mine

I was a little disappointed that I seemed to be surrounded by a bunch of very tall men (FACT: the average height of a Black Keys fan in the greater Denver area is 6’5″)–until a bunch of obnoxious whippersnappers tried to push their way to the front of the crowd. Then I realized that they make great amateur bouncers.

 

It’s like you’re RIGHT THERE, isn’t it? Ha ha.

For the uninitiated:

Howlin’ for You video

Tighten Up video

March 12, 2012

I made it look like

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my work computers are staring back at me. I’m easily amused. OR! Or. Is this a commentary on surveilance and anthropomorphism in contemporary society?

Iris paintings by Marc Quinn.

February 29, 2012

My Battle Cry

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I have been known to say this from time to time.

February 9, 2012

Motivation

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Interesting MRI cross-sections of leg muscles:

Found here.

February 7, 2012

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

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As recorded by a nurse. From The Guardian:

 

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

 

Food for thought.

February 5, 2012

Snowstorm!

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15.9 inches of snow fell here in Denver over the past three days. It has been beautiful: gently falling snow, no wind, and very little traffic noise (on account of the fact that 3/4 of the city shut down). I grabbed my snowshoes and headed to the park; lots of other people had the same idea. Dogs were bounding around, barely visible above the snow, couples were cross-country skiing, and people gathered at bars afterwards, snowshoes in hand. I am so happy I moved here.

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January 24, 2012

Washington Park

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