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  • hardie karges 8:52 pm on June 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    #Phetburi #Thailand: City without Tuk-tuks, Heat without mercy 

    Phetburi, Temple City

    Phetburi, Temple City

    May, 2014–Phet(cha)buri (two pronunciations possible) just may be Thailand’s best-kept secret, something of a ‘temple city’ like Angkor Wat and all the other great Southeast Asian ruins, religion the impetus for great works of art and architecture, the best of them on top of mountains, above the swampy furnace that pre-heats all rice before actually cooking…

    Imagine enough temples to rival Luang Prabang only three hours by slow train from Bangkok, barely clear of the city’s smog when you hit the interior’s heat, unmitigated by air condition nor life with conditions, just a slow grudging acceptance of it as it is, harsh yet simple, unforgiving yet entertaining, grab the goods while you can lest the sun set on your empty belly… (More …)

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    • Esther Fabbricante 9:22 pm on June 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed a lot – just now home from bridge club – and I won high again. Fun day.

      Esther

    • akkedissie 5:38 am on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I do not understand your writing… it is backwards forward. Are you not English?

      • hardie karges 1:33 pm on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Backwards forwards? Cool. BTW I am American, without tears. Where are you from?

  • hardie karges 12:35 am on May 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Phetburi, , , train   

    Asian Swan Song: Stir-fried, Sweet and Sour, part II 

    Bangkok elevators

    Bangkok elevators

    …continued from previous Sub-title: Leaving Bangkok in the Broad Daylight (leaving the trash leaving the filth leaving the skyscrapers leaving the street-scrapers leaving the leaf-blowers leaving the elevators leaving the percolators leaving the bar-girls leaving the traffic snarls leaving the uncertainties leaving the eccentricities catching the wind catching the morning sun catching a second wind catching a train…

    The landscape is alternately hilly and swampy, populated and rural. There are rubber trees and palm, pineapples and mango—cash crops all. Rice is seen less down here in the south of Thailand. That’s mostly up north. That symbol of life and tradition is also a symbol of poverty. Nowadays cash is king; without it you’re resigned to a peasant’s life and existence. (More …)

     
    • Esther Fabbricante 12:54 am on May 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Your stamina and expertise are far beyond my comprehension – and how you put it all into words is remarkable.

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