Asia | South East Asia | Thailand | Central Thailand | Kanchanaburi – Still Dumb
Been enlightened in my ignorance once again. These are not shrines, but the houses for the spirits who previously occupied the places in which the new buildings were erected. They are constructed so the spirits have a place to live as well and don’t go unleashing their wrath on people. And I was wondering why there was a plate of food and a glass of drink at the ‘shrine’ here every night! That also explains why they are so exposed – to appease the spirits one has to give them the best spot in the area and make sure it looks really rich (i.e. garish bright and shiny).
We had a bit of unpleasant encounter last night at the backpacker’s. John, Ian, Celine and I were sitting at the table in the restaurant, having our dinner and watching the movie, which, actually, was quite interesting, when a man at the table behind us started talking in a really loud voice. Soon he became a real nuisance, audible in every corner of the place, and we had problems hearing what was being said in the movie. Ian was the first one to lose his nerve and turn around. He asked the man, politely enough, to keep his voice a little bit down. No one of us expected the answer he was given. The man actually shouted at Ian that it was a restaurant, not a f…ing cinema and he had the right to talk as much as he pleased. John then said that well, not everybody wanted to hear what he was saying, and I only thought that it would be just as rude to talk this loud in a restaurant. But the man sat down and started talking a bit quieter, although still loud enough for us to hear that we were a ‘bunch of f…ers’ drinking ‘piss samples’ (long live the Singha beer).
Celine yesterday made me remember that wonderful tradition of backpackers – book swapping. I simply love it. I’ve swapped with her the ‘Life of Pi’ for ‘Mosaic’, thinking how much reading a person can do leaving home with just a couple of books. One comes back with a (different) couple or none, but the books read meanwhile can be uncountable. Hence I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart the person who first came across this idea and all the people who keep it alive. I love you guys!