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  • hardie karges 11:02 pm on June 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #ThaiCoup #Aranyaprathet #Thailand: Army’s Sweeping Immigration Reforms 

    Cambodians on the Thai side of the border

    Cambodians on the Thai side of the border

    The train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet on the Cambodian border seems unusually crowded. My British friend Tom and I are lucky to get a seat, and we’re both trying to figure out why—maybe because it’s Friday? Or maybe it’s a holiday. Whatever, by the time we’ve reached the BKK airport on the skirts of town, the train has long been full to capacity, and nobody’s getting off, with still more trying to get on. Nobody seems angry, though, as if this were to be expected.

    I assume it’s because the ride is free for locals. That means people can ride whether they have any business or not, just joy-riding, so to speak. Still, no one’s getting off—anywhere. They can’t all be going to the border, can they? Aranyaprathet is not that large of a town. Unless they’re Cambodian (what is the sound of one light-bulb lighting?). Our seatmates are silent the whole trip, pretty strange for Thais, not known for their pensive moments. They’ve got tickets, though; locals wouldn’t need them.

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    • Esther Fabbricante 11:46 pm on June 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That was an adventure for sure – and so well described and pictured for us to see with our mind’s eye.
      Tonight at the Capitol Club 250 Brandonians are attending the BHS Grand Reunion for the 10 classes of the 60s. Sherri and her husband, Tom, have been here from Nashville for three days.

      • hardie karges 12:49 am on June 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Actually it was supposed to be just a simple trip to the border by train, part of an all-train thing I’m doing now in the final days of this trip (still more to come form Laos, though)… 🙂

  • hardie karges 1:41 am on June 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #ThaiCoup #Thailand: It’s About Survival 

    Latest news out of Thailand is that the military curfew has been lifted in many of Thailand’s holiday locations, though the etymology of ‘holiday’ as a ‘holy day’ takes a severe beating here, as elsewhere, more like feast day, feasts of the flesh and other assorted entertainments, not the least of which is food, Thailand’s second most famous export…

    On a more practical level, that means the Full Moon Party at Koh Pha Ngan is back on for June 12, which means I have no interest in going any longer. A Full Moon Party under curfew sounded truly intriguing. I guess the military doesn’t want to disappoint thousands of gap-year backpackers under the influence of alcohol and psilocybin mushrooms. Hey, you gotta’ have priorities…

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    • Esther Fabbricante 2:49 am on June 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      A different world. I have just returned from Jackson where I attended the commissioning of my granddaughter’s husband, Chandler Ragland, as a full-fledged Methodist minister and member of the United Methodist Conference.

  • hardie karges 9:46 am on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #ThaiCoup d’etat/coup de grace Military junta says curfew lifted in resort areas Phuket, Pattaya & Samui, more like ‘last resort’ areas for men who can’t get laid any other way. In Sungai Kolok last night, railroad now reopened after last month’s bombing, looks like Belfast or Belgrade, roadblocks and checkpoints, army in full control of Chinese brothel district, protecting the peace…

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