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balance (2): tourist

Sunday, July 13, 2008

tourist

i read that bangkok received 'travel & leisure' magazine's best city in the world award (?!) and couldn't help but scoff. but in an effort to change my attitude about this place, i played tourist this weekend. considering i was a tourist when i fell in love with thailand, i thought it might help. so i spent the weekend getting a manicure and pedicure at MBK, a long massage, eating great food, taking the canal boat to people watch on khao san road, and hanging out in chatuchak market (found the art section, which was small but great!). i pretended i couldn't speak any thai and even dressed like a backpacker. it was pretty fun! and i noticed that thai people are much nicer when they think you are leaving soon!


the muslim guy who makes tea at chatuchak




art gallery in chatuchak



considering the US economy is going to pot, i might as well suck it up and enjoy living cheaply while i can, and realize that just because familiarity breeds contempt, doesn't necessarily mean the grass is greener on the other side (there- filled some kind of quota for triteness today)... i am sure if i were back in NY i would be just as lonely and pining for the lushness of thailand.

i think i might have to give myself a beach getaway soon though!

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