0051 Evening on the Beach (Thai 006—new)

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Public Aerobics Session

Day 040, 12 hours, 3.9 kms

 When I get off at my next random stop I’m quickly surrounded by fellows offering to take me to a hotel.  It looks like Hua Hin is a bit of a tourist trap.  So I head into town to see what the fuss is all about.

I figure I should go ahead a take a video clip before it gets dark, and I find just the spot.  It seems to be a popular thing here in Thailand to have a “neighbourhood aerobics session”.  Some guy gets up on a platform in a park or plaza and leads and while the music plays, anybody who wants comes and joins in.  So I figure it’d be cool to have a video clip of me with my guitar with all these people jumping and waving their arms in unison…

From there I weave my way past all the postcard and souvenir shops… I stop and chat with a couple of the vendors--  many of them it seems are from South Asia, especially Nepal, coming to seek their fortune here in Thailand.

I guess the beach is the main tourist draw here in Hua Hin, but it’s pretty deserted by the time I reach it.  I wander along the shore a little ways until I reach a little Jamaican themed shack bar.  There are guitars and a drumset inside that catch my attention so I decide to check it out.  A hippyish looking Austrian fellow greets me and asks if I want to stick around and jam for a bit…

So I pull out my guitar and he grabs another one and we make music as the sun sets over this dreamlike tropical beach… Not a lot of people around to listen--  just a couple of the guys working there at the bar… but it’s still a memorable experience.

Turns out the guy is a civil engineer working on some big construction projects here in Thailand.  He seems to have found his niche here--  doesn’t seem to be missing Austria too much… and gives me some insights into living and working in Thailand…

…Maybe someday…

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Public Aerobics Session
Public Aerobics Session
Hua Hin
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