It is good to be back.
Back with my stuff. I don't know whether this place really feels like home yet though, but I guess home is where your stuff is.
On the way home I was kind of wishing I was heading back to our old farm. It just felt like home there.
But it is good to be back.I definitely felt like I was coming home driving back from the Gold Coast airport to Northern New South Wales. I just need to find a real home here one day. But I'm not too worried about that right now. Things happen in their own good time.
Our Thailand trip was awesome. We managed to avoid all the floods but didn't avoid being affected by the absolute destruction that these floods are bringing to Thailand.
When we first arrived in Thailand we spent a week in Bangkok.
|view from the apartment over the "good side"|
We stayed in a private apartment. Which was lovely. It was the same price as staying in a back-packers on Khao San road! And it was clean, had a flushing toilet and even a swimming pool!
|view out the window onto the Klong Toei slums|
Klong Toei is Thailand's largest slum. Walking along the streets and canals (Klongs) was an eye-opener to say the least. The kids were confronted by how some people live in such utter poverty. I know there are homeless people in Australia and every other country for that matter but we just don't see the poverty and the sad conditions that these people live in. I was amazed at the children's ability to process what they were seeing and to accept it.
The biggest assault on our senses was the smells. The kids were saying so many times each day "OMG! What is that smell!"
I wish I had smell-a-vision so I could share the odor with you.
The pollution from millions of cars, buses, motorbikes, scooters, Tuk tuks is just incredible. A couple of times I thought about buying us face-masks like some of the smarter locals wear when out on the streets.
The odors coming from some of the hundreds of street stalls made me check out the cooking methods. Some of the cooking fires smelled like burning rubber and sure enough they were burning rubber to cook the meals.
The open sewers along the street and the dog shit everywhere, lack of toilets so areas of streets smelled like public Urinals...
But now Klong Toei is flooding too. I read yesterday that Water had started to breach the Klong Toei port.
For the consumerist, tourist frenzy of places like Khao San road.
and all that pollution sure does make beautiful sunsets!