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15 December 2010

Diarising

5th December 2010

I’m going to try blogging daily. I’m flattering myself that my writing is interesting enough to put together a diary that won’t reduce our small readership to zero. If anyone has any views on whether this is a good or bad idea, please drop me a comment! I’ll happily go back to highlights.

So. Today we caught the train from Ayutthaya to Bangkok. We nearly didn’t. Just as the 12:18 train was pulling into the station (at 13:05) I discovered that we didn’t have the Amazon Kindle – I’d left it in our room. So I hurtled back to the guesthouse in a tuk-tuk and asked if anything was found in the room. Apparently not. I asked to search the room, and didn’t come up with anything. But it had definitely been left behind, I made that very clear and went up to search again. Nothing. Came back downstairs and the guesthouse owner showed me a bin bag, and produced the Kindle from within. The maid had thrown it away! But luckily the rubbish was still here! She put the Kindle back in the rubbish and pulled it out again, so that the story was clear.

Relieved and full of thanks, I went back to my tuk-tuk and back to the station for a scolding. I also wondered whether the careful pantomime with the bin bag was an example of “saving face”. Had the maid, knowing we’d already left for our train, decided to keep the gadget? The bin story concocted on the spot to avoid embarassment all round? Impossible to know, and possibly my own paranoia.

In Bangkok we went out for the evening to see the celebrations, for it is the king’s birthday this weekend and the Thai people love their king. He’s in hospital currently, so there were hundreds of brightly lit boats on the river facing the hospital as well as plenty of fireworks, thousands upon thousands of paper lanterns released into the sky, and enormous street markets full of people. We seem doomed to browse delicious street food and watch grand firework displays wherever we go in Thailand. I suppose there are worse fates.


7 Responses to “Diarising”

  1. Nessa says:

    Yay, you’re back. You’ve been missed!! Daily diary will be great. Will you by any chance have any address where we can send a Christmas card? I’m guessing not but wanted to ask xx

  2. Mum and Dad says:

    I agree with Nessa need more blogs. Have been suffering withdrawal symptons during the 11 day gap between blogs.

  3. Jane says:

    I too, LOVE, the idea of daily blogging… I will check in daily if I know there will be something new. :)

    • shortclaws says:

      Haha. Ironically, today we are going to be going to Khao Sok NP and are probably going to be off-line for a week or so. There will be daily blogs, but they’ll get posted in a flood when we return to the internet!!!

      • Jane says:

        Well, I am officially all caught up on the reading, so I guess I’ll just have to be patient. :)

        • shortclaws says:

          Hopefully we’re back in internet territory for a few days, so patience is no longer required. Khao Sok and Ko Surin were a bit adventurous, so it’s nice to be chilling out now. There are cicadas chirping in the coconut palms and the sea swashing on the beach.

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