“Do you smell that?” I asked Andy as we forged our way along a highly trafficked and obstacle-ridden sidewalk our first week in Bangkok, and in Southeast Asia as a whole. The smell was raw sewage, running in a gutter right below our feet.
Andy wiped his sweating brow [...]
Act 1: Valentine’s Day Still Sucks
Ah, Valentine’s Day, the red and pink orgy of crappy candies, ugly flowers, teddy bears, and awkward boxers in no way relevant its namesake martyrs with no connection to romantic love. How a poem by Chaucer spiraled into a veritable clusterfuck of cheesy, cupid-covered [...]
Bangkok is hotter than the mouth-scorching, blistering insides of a Hot Pocket right out of the oven in its metallic-coated paper sleeve of temperature-insensitive doom. Water from the tap is an instant bowel emptier. Fumes from tuk-tuk, scooters, motorcycles, taxis, police trucks, tour buses, and every other kind of “brot” imaginable deposit [...]
First things first. If you want to visit the Grand Palace and with it, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, you’ll need to wear appropriate clothing. No one can wear shorts or a tank top. Men need to wear pants and a shirt [...]
Pro Tip: Foreign countries are a lot more fun if you know what the hell is going on. Yesterday, we finally got out of the malls, but because there weren’t a lot of signs in English, the art, iconography, and symbolism present at the Grand Palace proved quite confounding. With [...]
Wherein I Describe Bangkok by Making Bad Comparisons to Other Cities
While Bangkok is unlike any city I’ve previously visited, the best way I can describe the feel and layout of the city to fellow urbanity nerds is to imagine New York, Tokyo, and Houston thrown into a blender with some curry paste. Houston doesn’t [...]
In light of Wednesday’s post, I’ve decided to share some of the markets in or around Bangkok that I’d like to consider visiting the week that we’ll be there. Considering I won’t be looking to buy too many goods so early on in the trip, [...]
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