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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Train (Day 2)

You really get a grasp on how big this country is when you cross it by train. Varying landscapes, and interesting people. The dining car, in particular, is where I've met most of them. Three meals, three strangers each time. All but one were quite nice and from all over the place. Even the not so nice guy was entertaining, just a bit preoccupied with how important he was.
More lessons from the train: Bring snacks and smuggle on some fluids of an alcoholic nature. That shit is expensive. Sleeping is tricky when you are tall. The seat is comfy enough, but getting the angle right is tough. Having two seats empty helps. Also, wet wipes for your face and whatnot. No showers in coach folks.
Got to see a crazy drunk guy get kicked off at the stop right after he got on. He was a bukowski- esque character with a fowl mouth and no filter. He probably would have been interesting to talk to, but alas, he pissed off the crew within five minutes of boarding. There was also a mysterious, unscheduled stop for a while. Apparently a drunk wandered onto the tracks. Lucky for him, we were going slowly. So today starts rainy and behind schedule.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Away we go. (Day 1)


After lunch and a tear jerker of a goodbye with one of my favorite humans, I boarded the Amtrak empire builder and rolled out of town. Things I learned: train bathrooms are about as fun as airplane bathrooms, my Netflix app won't let me access the shitload of offline shows I downloaded for some reason, I'm glad I have three books on my reading device, and it's hard to sleep on the train. For some reason, there are a couple of folks from rails to trails on board who are giving historical annecdotes about the route and some of the beautiful sites I am watching roll by.  I'll put some photos up when I get some WiFi access. Good first day.

Currently reading: Monsoon by Robert Kaplan.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Home

So. I've been back for two weeks. In this time i have reunited with a bunch of friends, been to a concert and a wedding, and worked exactly three shifts so far. It is good to see the people i love and care about in the flesh. I missed them more than i thought i did.
Work is work, just a way to pay the bills while i figure out what i want to do when i grow up. Speaking of which, i have signed on to Ambassador of Beer, where some friends and i will be babbling about, well, beer. So, if you like beer, give it a look see. A monthly beer club is in the works.
In other news, i am posting the last installment of photos from my trip. Kind of lost internet access for a bit there in Thailand, or at least the free kind where time means nothing and you can upload to your heart's content.
Overall, it's good to be home. I feel rejuvenated. My soul feels cleaner. The things that were bothering me before i left just don't seem to matter as much.
And i am feeling motivated to learn new things, to grow and change and not sink back into the rut i climbed out of when i left to wander strange lands and clear my head. Thanks to everyone who followed along, i hope you enjoyed the ride.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Last Days On Lanta (day 60-63)

Spent the last few days doing very little. Much swimming, hammock sitting, and beer drinking. Read two books. Walked a long way and bought a third, a book called Matter, by one of my favorite authors Ian Banks, which is off to a very good start.
Was going to leave on a bus for Bangkok today. Decided to stay one more night and fly from Krabi instead. Just don't have it in me to waste an entire day sitting on a bus when i can sit in a hammock instead. It cost me about twice as much, but the peace of mind is worth it.
So, off to Bangkok tomorrow for about a day of trinket shopping, and hopefully a reunion with my friend Dang. Hopefully the curfew is lifted by the time i arrive.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hanging Out With Old Friends

Oh My God!

This used to be a half-rack of ribs (including the short ribs), two pieces of corn on the cob, and a stack of wedge fries. I did my best. i got it at Lanta Tavern, where the food is good and the service is friendly. And if you follow the link and hit the middle Songkran photo the big guy on the right was my dive instructor. I think i am going to pass out now.