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The view up from a restaurant in Bangkok
In the space of 24 hours, I have been hanging out with: Germans, Canadians, Brits, Ugandans, Dutch, Israelis, and Spanish.  Diverse or what?

I'm in Bangkok after the 13hr train journey down from Chiang Mai.  I parked myself in my seat, and wondered who was going to sit opposite me for the next 13 hours.  A gentleman of at least 6'5 stature appeared, which is unsual in itself.  The fact that he was of southeast Asian descent was damned unusual!  He sat opposite me, somehow crammed his legs into the limited seating space, nodded, and pulled a book out of his backpack (a self-guide book on reflexology).  He then proceeded to pinch, poke, rub, and pull all parts of his body.  For hours. It put me right off my dinner.
The spanish girl, Maria!
  It was like watching a praying mantis preening itself.

I closed my eyes.  I'm not sure how much time passed, but the steward woke me up and asked me if I'd like her to make my bed for me so I could sleep.  I nodded, and stood up.  Well, staggered around in a dozy stupor.  It was dark outside.  Eventually, the nice steward finished, and I clambered up into my home for the night.  It was actually pretty decent.  I am officially impressed by the sleeper train.  As I laid down to read my book (The Killing Fields which, incidentally, is brilliant) I heard an Americanised voice ask me if I was headed to Cambodia.  I sat up and looked over in the direction of the voice.
Bollywood film set - in the middle of Khao San Road?!
  It came from a cute dark skinned girl with a big smile.  We chatted, and joked, and chatted some more until the early hours.  She's half German, half Ugandan, and lives in Holland where she's studying medicine.  She'd been out in India for the last 6 months traveling and working on her music (she's a singer and guitarist), and had some pretty cool stories of Indian life.  All the rumours I'd heard, were apparently true - and in a few cases, worse!  Still, I would love to visit India at some point.

Some time around 7am, I found myself stood on the platform of Hua Lamphong saying goodbye to Esther and jumping into a cab.  I'm back on the non-stop freak-show that is the Khao San Road.  It's kind of nice to be back, this time with a few weeks of Thailand experience under my belt.  It's a pretty intimidating place to be when you're fresh-off-the-bird as I was.  I was in an Israeli internet shop (those of you that know me personally will know why that's so amusing) and this doe-eyed girl walks over to me and asks me if I'm headed to the islands next.  I had my guidebook on the desk open on the islands section.  She sat down and tried to convince me that I wanted to go to Phuket.  I suggested we should probably discuss it over a drink later, and she agreed!  Turns out she's from Barcelona, and has a totally unpronounceable name.

Tapas for dinner tonight then ;)
lauro says:
hahaha that mantis dude seems out of this world.
Posted on: Jun 15, 2007
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The spanish girl, Maria!
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