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Book 54 of 80

August 21, 2010

Thailand is the next country and I’m mixing it up a bit with a collection of short stories. I love short stories and wish I read more of them — so, when I found this book, I knew it was what I wanted to read for Thailand. The book is called Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. All the stories are set in Thailand and are supposed to provide a window into contemporary Thailand. Really cool stuff, potentially.

I love Thailand. Every day I’m nostalgic for Japan…that’s unavoidable. But I loved my vacation to Thailand too — it’s not often that you get to spend time with all your favorite people in the world in such a beautiful and amazing place. That’s how our trip felt. My three best-friends and I took a short trip to Thailand right smack dab in the middle of the SARS scare. It was a whirlwind tour of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket — complete with jungle treks, snorkeling off sandy beaches, touring amazing temples, riding around in tuk tuks and late night shopping. And of course…the food! I immediately fell in love with the country and have wanted to go back ever since.

Of course, after our return all of our boards of education freaked out about traveling around Asia with SARS on the loose and we were quarantined for ten days in our tiny Japanese apartments. That’s another story for another day. I will tell you that it was surreal to come home from such an amazing trip and then have my two bosses meet me at my apartment, in masks, and tell me that, while they weren’t mad at me, I hadn’t shown good judgement. And to post my grocery list to my door by the next morning and one of the secretaries would deliver it by the afternoon.

I went so stir-crazy those 10 days. And it was virtually impossible to sneak out too — as a gaijin and the only blonde girl living in my city, news would travel pretty fast if I decided to just stretch my legs and get a Mos Burger one afternoon. Ahhh…the memories.

Anyway, here are two pictures of me in Thailand. Just because.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marisa permalink
    September 6, 2010 9:25 pm

    Danggit! I was hoping it wasn’t going to be the one where my eyes are closed! =P But anyway, I fell in love with Thailand and hope I can return someday, too.
    P.S. When I saw that you were reading a book from Burma, it made me think of the trek we took up the mountain, clad only in our swimsuits and flip-flops, hoping upon hope that our murdered bodies were not going to end up on the other side of the island…

    • September 7, 2010 3:31 pm

      It’s the only one I’ve scanned! I’m sorry — and I stole it off of Facebook…so, it’s the same picture there too. YES!!! I totally remember those boys — and I still have a scar on my foot from a cut I got during that hike. They really should have been clearer about what “a journey to the other side of the island” meant.

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