Another hot and humid day in Asia. But at least it’s not rainy season here in Thailand like it is in Indonesia. I’m looking forward to being able to shower and actually dry off, rather than begin sweating again immediately. Even after two months here, humidity still kicks our asses.
We spent the first half of the day on a mission to find Nick some catheters to get him through the remainder of his stay here in Thailand. I leave on the 12th of Feb, he goes home the 27th. It was too expensive to change his flight to be on mine, so he’s just going to stay a little longer.
It wasn’t easy finding the hospital, and it was even more challenging trying to convey what we needed once we got there. After about an hour or so, we walked away with half the amount he needed and decided it was a success and went about our day.
We had the greatest tuk tuk driver ever. His name was Alok, and he loved to laugh!
It’s so big and confusing that they offer a comprehensive map that turns out being of no assistance once you’re actually lost. We spent a lot of time on the electronics floor browsing gadgets, phone accessories, and bootleg movies and software.
At some point we went outside because we heard a loud speaker and found ourselves right in the middle of a protest rally. Ahhhh, so this is what all the hubbub is about in the media; people demonstrating, rallying together for change, camping out, and showing Thailand’s true spirit of independence. The Thais are very proud that they’ve never been occupied or colonized by any other nation, and are now calling for political change.
Truly, I know very little about what’s going on, but I know some people have been hurt and killed. What Isaw though was anything but violent. People singing, waving flags, making red, white, and blue handicrafts to sell, people camping and sleeping and being fed by a food line. I witnessed togetherness.
I was offered free coffee as well but was never approached to buy anything. I wandered around the area for 15-20 minutes while Nick stayed in his wheelchair by the mall entrance. I’m very grateful to have had this experience.