Bangkok: A New Home?
May 24, 2006
Dear Family and Friends,
Just a quick note to say I have arrived safely in Bangkok.
The flights were uneventful and long: Miami-Detroit...3 hours Detroit-Tokyo...13 hours. Tokyo-Bangkok - 7 hours, with 1-2 hour layovers on each stop.
From door to door it is about 30 hours.
I am still recovering from jet-lag.
I am spending my time getting reacquainted with my old neighborhood, meeting friends, taking a haircut and apartment hunting.
I found a small studio with nice furnishings and a great view from the 17th floor and a large swimming pool...all on a quiet street.
But just this morning I decided not to take it. I will be traveling most of the next three months so spending money on a apartment now seems unnecessary. I will be a vagabond for a while.
By the way, I am far away from the terrible events in Indonesia. I have a few friends in Jogjakarta, the epicenter of the earthquake. I tried to call them this morning but I was unable to reach them. I am a little worried.
Here in the north of Thailand there have been terrible floods from too much rain.
I have tentatively decided to head south, to Phuket, the island last visited by the tsunami. I have never been there. I need a good rest on a beach.
I started to feel just a little discouraged with the events of nature. But, we can't worry about things we cannot control. I promise I will do my best to be safe and stay out of harm's way.
Finally, I must tell you that I so happy be here again. I am looking forward to a month in Thailand before heading to Malaysia and Indonesia.