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.

 

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

February 9, 2012

Motivation

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Interesting MRI cross-sections of leg muscles:

Found here.

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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January 13, 2012

2012 is the year of the renaissance

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The New Year always lends itself to both sentimentality and the sense of a fresh start, which I love. Time to take stock, shunt all of the bad stuff, and start anew. A very dear and talented friend of mine and myself have had a trying 2011 wherein neither of us spent much time in our studios. We have declared 2012 the year of the Renaissance—want to join us? Dive in—there’s no better time to start. To a wonderful new year!

Make Art Not War

(Image by Shepard Fairey. Think he’ll sue me? No, I actually love him, litigious hypocrisy aside).

December 16, 2011

The view from my office

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It helps on bad days.

December 13, 2011

Another reason why you should visit me

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I got a membership to the Botanic Gardens yesterday, good for me and one other person. And it’s 3 blocks from my place. AND it’s all gussied up with Christmas lights and ice sculptures right now.

December 6, 2011

All I Want To Do is Look at Pretty Things

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I set up a Tumblr blog here. I like Tumblr because it’s very easy to discover and share beautiful images, and I’m all about beautiful images. Since I’m a succinct writer, I think it suits me well (also, I like the UI a lot). I’ll run both blogs concurrently–Tumblr for sharing found images, and this one for my own content. I think. We’ll see how it goes.

Thanks for keeping up with my randomness! Here, have a weird vintage ad (this and many more at Weirdomatic).

 

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