We did a bit of wandering one night. The multicolored street night life was quite exotic. And agressive. I had to disentangle myself several times from the various people that would not take no for an answer.
We eventually had to get out of there intact and get back on to the main street. This was a bit more calm with some nice music and of course the local beer.
The outdoor restaurants and markets in Bangkok were fantastic. Here we went to potentially best restaurant in Bangkok to sample some of the wares. We were slightly warned off eating at the outdoor restaurants. We never encountered any food problems throughout the entire trip.
Before Cambodia, Brent and I did a preliminary walking tour through Bangkok. Even Ronald MacDonal was culturally appropriated. No, we never ate there. There are any number of temples in the city. A few amazing ones coming up.
Before heading to Cambodia, we stopped off in Bangkok for a few days. I really enjoy dim sum. Here we have a special treat like a Kinder Surprise Egg. This time its a quail’s egg tucked into the middle of the dumpling. Quite delicious.
The buildings used to be taxed by the amount of footage they took on the front street. Here my friend Brent extends his arms to show how wide our hotel actually is. Everything is still very functional. And adorable.
We also had an opportunity to bike through Angkor Thom. Here the temple has been left in more of its natural state. The ancient trees are actually holding the temple together now so they decided not to remove them.
We like our winters mild since most of us want to avoid a harsh winter.
But to be mild mannered person seems to suggest one without passion. Clark Kent appeared mild mannered just to avoid attention. Would anyone follow a mild-mannered leader into a dramatic corporate restructuring? Into battle?
Some of us like our tacos mild, but give me personal passion anyday. That’s why I admire Americans. So long as no one gets hurt, I admire how they can be truly passionate about whatever it is they are passionate about.
Finding at least one thing you are passionate about can put you in touch with your humanity.
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It was an early morning in order to get to Angkor Wat for the sunrise. The guides had us along part of the wall so that we could take some unimpeded photos. The crowds gathered, as did the monkeys. Which got quite agressive.
The past year went by fast. My friend and I spent two weeks biking in Cambodia and Vietnam. The people were fantastic. The food was also incredible. There is little refrigeration, so everything had to be fresh.
The BackRoads group put together a great tour for the seven of us. Here we are passing by a portion of the wall surrounding Angkor Wat.
Biking is a great way to get in touch with the area and the culture. We have another tour coming up perhaps in Death Valley. This will be quite the transition, but a great way to break up the winter.
Here we are receiving a cermonial blessing by the Monks. It must have been well water. It was extremely cold and refreshing.
I’m the closest person.
This is not the same as losing one’s mind since I roughly know where it is when it managed to untether itself. I get texts from it every now and then, and its credit card statements keep appearing. If I arranged a personal line of credit for it, then who knows where it might end up. I doubt I would see it again.
A wandering spirit sounds like a good thing to have. If you have a wandering mind, then that suggests you have a lack of concentration. Or perhaps better, the whatever is going on in front of me does not require that much concentration.
Any particular thought can bring in a range of associative thoughts. A good analogy may be a mind like the holiday tree decorations. The entire tree may be completely dark, but the moment you flick a switch, then everything comes alive. So I seem to focus away from the finger flipping the switch, being what everyone else is focusing on, over instead to the various lights illuminating the tree.
The connection may not be immediately obvious to anyone else, but I can see the holiday tree being lit up in my mind continually.