Asia | South East Asia | Thailand | Bangkok – Day 1 – Bangkok, Thailand
Why am I heading to Bangkok once again? Almost six years since my first visit, I find myself winging eastward. This time it will be a way station for onward travels in Cambodia and Laos. But why? Having just moved to Israel from Canada six months ago my path seemed relatively clear, if not conventional: learn hebrew, find a job, settle in. I only completed the first of those steps before the opportunity to hit the road once more winked at me. And now, aboard El Al from Tel Aviv, my tired eyes blink back, a bit blood-shot and very tired — but looking for an answer. I am very curious to know what it is I will know, to learn what I will learn from this adventure.
Today started with prayers at 6:30 am at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It is a silky hour at the Wall, quiet and smooth, peach tones. There, a photographer with a zoom lens the size of a bazooka snapped away as we prayed, foreshadowing what will likely be my own role over the next couple of months — at least in part (and minus the bazooka): culture gawker, observer of other people’s reality, chronicler.