Location: Chang Mai, Thailand
Bye bye Thailand, after over a month...I am so looking forward to discover Laos, a country I wanted to visit for years (since I read a book I liked very much 17 years ago...!) and said to be so different from Thailand. I wouldnt be surprised after my experience in Cambodia.
So...to summarise my adventures since I landed in Bangkok on June 11th, because again my trajectory has been such a mess : 5 days in Bangkok on my own, spent in shops internet writing my diary at the hotel and a nice evening with Nicole and Kenny my Malaisian friends (met in Tibet) who I'll visit in September in Kuala Lumpur. Then I decided to move on, and left Bgk for Kanchanaburi where I ran into Tucker (met also in Tibet). Trough him I met more people who I see each time that I get back to Bgk : Heather Mark and Liz. All Americans living in the same building and working in Bgk. I am looking forward for more funny time with them...
On 22th Rocco, met briefly in Darjeeling, arrived and 3 days later we left Bgk with Heather to Ko Chang an island at the extreme south east of Thailand, next to the Cambodian border. Rocco and I crossed it for a quick but great week in Cambodia. Back in Bgk I was again welcomed at Heather and Liz flat and really I enjoy their company so much. But time with them is precious as they work everyday. Rocco picked up a Dutch friend Martin, and a Brittish met during his stay in Nepal, Shell. The 4 of us went south to Koh Tao an island full of travellers, who came there like me to learn diving and/or get upside down at the Full Moon party. I stayed in KT 10 days, met again nice people, most of them Brittish, but also Canadian and Dutch. A few French which I do appreciate, because if travelling makes me improving my english and my accent (yes yes it happens that sometimes my origin is not spotted at once ! ! :-) speaking my own language and laughing at every single (funny !) joke is so relaxing. Back to Bgk, and then a night bus trip to Chang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand, up north next to the hills.
More details along with the pictures. Again if you want to follow these adventures chronogically then start with the page at the very bottom (clic on "more", then "Ko Chang").
Its late. it has been a long day, back in front of a screen, I hope you will enjoy all this and leave me plenty of sweet messages as soon as you get back from your holydays (and I want to know about them as well !)
Lots of sweet bisousssssssss
from me, so far away, but not that far if we keep in touch :-)
miss u xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Location: Kanchanaburi, Thailand
toudout toudouddouddouddoudout....hey whisthle with me cause I just crossed the bridge over the river Kwai (but you know that I cant whistle, it's genetic...). With my bicycle.
I haven't seen any crocodiles so I might take a bath tonight. I can just dive from my room's window. I am staying in a hut over the river... awesame ! sorry... and the food is still divine. Sorry again :->
But it's definetely the low season and although the Thais are very lively people, it's a bit sad to see this succession of empty bars and restaurants. Only 3 rooms, out of 30, are occupied and in my previous bamboo guest house I was the only guest. Definitely not for me !
And it's the law season because the monsoon has just started. Exactly yesterday 4 pm, as I get off the bus from Bangkok. I waited for an hour at the entrance of the war cemetary, very sad these endless lines of graves ( thousands of them, among the 16,000 POWs - Brittish, Australians, Americans and Dutch- who died while building the "deathrailway" for the Japaneses -38 POWs deaths/km- but also ~100,000 asian labourers died on it). Despite the roof and because of the wind, it soon became a deep swimmimg pool (amazing the power of this rain!) and much too sad so I bravely went fighting the elements, and what a stupid idea ! : After 100 meters I was soaked, and had to wait one more our anyway before moving on my way to the river. And a bunch of young kids laughed at me, I guess that I looked terrific ...
You know what ? tomorrow I might be caressing big tigers....hi hi my mum will be happy !
Cette fois-ci je vais essayer de faire une traduction fidele...en fait il vaut mieux que je commence par l'anglais sinon je n'y arrive plus. Donc ca commence par :
toudout toudouddouddouddoudout....allez sifflez donc avec moi car je viens de traverser le pont sur la riviere Kwai (mais vous savez tous que je ne peux pas siffler, c'est genetique...). Avec ma bicyclette.
Je n'ai pas vu de crocodiles, je vais donc peut etre faire un petit plouf ce soir, plonger direct de la fenetre de ma chambre. Je dors dans une hutte au dessus de la Kwai...le Paradis ! toutes mes excuses...Et la nourriture est ici tout aussi divine qu'a Bangkok. Desolee encore :->
Mais c'est la saison basse, pour sur, et bien que le peuple Thai soit tres vivant, c'est un peu triste de voir cette succession de bars et restos tout vides. Sur 30 chambres, seulement 3 sont occupees et dans ma precedente guest house de bambou, j'etais l'unique guest (comment on dit pour un hotel ? cliente ?...). Vraiment pas pour moi la solitude.
Et c'est la saison morte car la mousson a juste commence. Hier a 16h alors que je sortais a peine du bus de Bgk, je me suis fait saucee avec une violence. J'ai cherche refuge dans l'entree du cimetiere de guerre, trop triste ces rangees sans fin de tombes (des milliers, parmi les 16000 prisonniers de guerre qui sont morts lors de la construction de la "voie de la mort", pour les japonais -38 morts/km- mais il y aurait aussi ~100000 morts asiatiques). Malgre le toit et a cause du vent c'est tres vide devenu une piscine sans fond donc je suis partie bravement affronter les elements, et quelle idee stupide ! : apres 100 metres j'etais mais plus que trempee et j'ai du de toute facon attendre une heure supplementaire sous un porche, que cela se calme, avant de poursuivre ma quete de la riviere Kwai. En plus, un groupe de jeunes ecoliers s'est franchement paye ma tete, mais c'est sur elle devait etre drole a voir.
Vous savez quoi demain je vais peut etre aller flatter (caresser en quebecois) des gros gros tigres. C'est ma mere qui va etre ravie...;-)
Location: Bangkok, India
Hello hello ! I still do not know how to say that in Thai...
Yes, I left India...and I miss it ! I flew last tuesday night from Delhi and entered the comsuption society again. It's worse than in London believe me ! and Bangkok is much cleaner than Paris...
The food here it is divine and it is a welcome change after 3 months of momos.
I havent done much so far apart from spending a lot of money, specially in the internet cafes, and ..clothes of course ! I am all sad , all on my own, do not really open the mouth during the day, very unlike me indeed ! I have no one to talk to, boooo ! I am so unlucky ! I stop here, thats even not funny. There are many people I will meet here, of course. To start with Tucker from the Tibetan team, who lives in Bangkok (but on the highland at the moment) and Rocco, met in Darjeeling who is still in India but fly next week. And Indira my friend from Varanasi..please come !
And I spent a lovely evening with my malaisien friends, Nicole and Kenny, met also in Tibet. So....:-)
So still not much to tell about Bangkok apart that it is full of Thais..and westerners. Many mixt couples too, but its always the woman who is Thai...
But I just want to tell you my experience at the cinema last night. I payed the ticket 300 bhats (~7 $) which I found quite expensive but I found myself in a massive velvet sofa and a young man brought me a cocktail that he left on my personal table (non alcoholic though...) and show me how to tansform my sofa into a Bed ! There were only 16 seats in this room but the screen was big enough. After 5 minutes every one stood up. I did the same, puzzled. And the thai public joined their hands as they were playing the national hymn and showing cheesy images of Thailand and the royal family. It lasted 3~4 minutes...
Surprises, more surprises to come in south east Asia.
So, there are many new pictures to see of my travel from Nepal to India. Like on the previous site, if you want to see them in a chronological order you should start at the bottom with the "Sugat Hotel Terrace" and also , you know..that I will love to read your messages...:-)))
Baci bisous kussen kisses and so on from Bangkok !
Et mes petits francais je n les ai pas oublies cette fois ci car j'ai quasi tout traduit dans ma mother-tongue sauf la fin car c'est l'heure de quitter le cyber cafe et sauf quand je trouvais ca outrageusement facile a comprendre.... car vous parlez tous bien l'anglais non (mais la reputation qu'on a parmi TOUS les etrangers laisse penser le contraire) ....??...
tous mes plus tendres bisous et soyez nombreux a m'ecrire ! surtout en ce moment ou je suis toute seule toute seule toute seule (chacun fait fait fait, ce qui lui plait plait plait........ :-)
Location: Darjeeling, India
Namaste ! puisque c'est le bonjour indien aussi...
2 mois et demi d'aventures et je n'en suis pas lasse bien que parfois...vous me manquez.
J'ai fini par me decider a me rendre a Darjeeling, bien que je redoutais encore des trajets en bus ou en train dont je ne pux decider lesquels sont les pires...Cette ville est ma premiere deception. Je n'attendais a trouver la splendur du passe or ici tout est sal, decrepi, desuet, ce qui encore parfois donne du charme. La ville surnommee "Queen of the hills" est perchee au sommet d'une montagne a plus de 2000m. Elle est regulierement avalee par un enorme nuage qui stagne la, et rend l'atmosphere bien humide et opaque...C'est une etrange mixture, est l inde ?
Yes yes yes ! I cant believe it : I completed my web page. Its finished. At last ! how many hours on the screen again ?... Anyway, it has been now 6 days since I reached Kathmandu for the third time in two months. I am gonna take a break now and enjoy surfing only to check and answer my emails, for a while... But then please take time when you find it to (re)visit this page (and maybe to leave me some little messages...always so welcome !). There are now comments under each picture and even the Kathmandu pages. If you want to look at them in a chronological order then you must start at the very bottom ("more pages..."). There is also another diary entry telling the story of the two first days of this unforgettable trip to a country I never imagined I would visit one day.
I loved it. It was worth leaving India so quick. I am going back there anyway, next wednesday. I'll leave Kathmandu with Josee-Ann and our routes will separate near Varanasi. I will then move on to Calcutta and take my flight to Bangkok. And then, if possible, Laos, Cambodia, Malaisia and.....South America, arrrrriba !
I would like also to add than the road from the border back to Kathmandu was stunning. I couldnt remember from the way up, 9 days ago, these green fields, pretty villages and the wide green river which reminded me of my childood river. Eventhough I had 11 hours jeep in my bum, I enjoyed every single scenery, still and silent in my seat, like the others. I wished I had stopped there, anywhere, for a few days, to relax before entering the crowded and polluted Nepalese capital again.
But then and there J-A and me discovered a new Kathmandu thanks to Yioda who brought us out of Thamel (the tourists gettho), to the most charming hotel, right next to Durbar square, at the corner of Freak street, which was the Thamel of the 70's. The atmosphere there has nothing to do with the somehow aggressive Thamel. We spend our time with locals, drinking every early morning ((always wake up before 6, thats not a choice !) our nepalese tea, bought in the place downstairs, on the Sugat hotel terrace with a stunning view on the temples roofs, Swayanbunath, and when the sky is a bit clearer, the hilly horizon. Sometimes the monkeys come to say hello.
It will be hard time leaving this world...
Ohhh come on !!! remind me where I am flying next ?!!!!
bisousssssssssss from SofiNepal !!!