Return to Bangkok - Cobra Show and Farang realization
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As cheesy as it sounds, one of my favorite parts of the trip was the "Cobra show" outside of Bangkok. Three Thai maniacs toyed with poisonous snakes and other vipers on a tiny man made island area surrounded by a little moat. They danced, slapped, taunted, cartwheeled, and egged on these cobras enough to put Steve "the crocodile hunter" Irwin to shame. In the ultimate testosterone act, one snake handler even caught a pit viper with his teeth!
I am a "Farang," or foreigner. I can not speak any of the languages. I do not even know how to say "thank you," "please," "yes," or "no." In order to pay for something I have to have them show me numbers on a calculator, because neither of us know the other languages words for numbers. I can not read their alphabet. I am taller, I am fatter, I am whiter. Tuk Tuk drivers can spot me from a mile away and ask me if I want to see this Buddha, buy that suit, need hotel, see this show, want that girl. I am truly am a "Farang" and I do not like it. I am completely dependent on them for everything, and I can not blend in. At least I have black hair :)