After hours in the air I am finally in Bangkok on the tourist road (I think its spelled "Th Khao San"). This place is fucking insane. I arrived at 1:30 at night with no where to stay. The taxi drove me to the end of the road because its one of those pedestrian only roads, so I had to get out and walk down the road with my backpack, luckally I can fit everything into one bag. I'm walking down the street and everything is open, people are partying, I can hear like 10 languages at one time and no even seems to care I'm walking with a big backpack. I had three guest houses in my head and just went to the first one I saw, no single rooms but I paid for a double because I needed to get off that road. Now I'm at the internet cafe at the Nat Guest House where I am staying and its past 2 and it doesn't seem like the party out on this road is ever going to end. Its time for me to drink this beer I bought, write some e-mails and see if I can get a few hours of sleep.
Right away on this trip I was confronted with the kindness and generosity that someone can show you without knowing the language. My first flight went to Korea, so the plane was full of Korean families, and I was sitting next to a mother, and her mother next to her, and her two children nearby. We didn't talk because of the language barrier but smilled at each other. I decided to order the Korean meal instead of the American one and when it came I realized that I wasn't sure what to do. There was rice, vegies with meat, some oils and some hot paste, plus some soup and other stuff. I kept looking over at the mother next to me to see how she was preparing her food, basically mixing all the ingredients together. Then when I was about to start mixing mine, she handed me the one she mixed and I handed her my food so she could mix that. She proceeded to mix her mothers and her childrens before her own food. I was just blown away that this stranger would treat me like one of her family and even give me the first mixed up food. I still couldn't talk to her but she remained a wonderful person to sit next to and I tried to thank her for her kindness.