18 March 2008

Laotian in Motion Tour, Day -1

I'm getting my stuff together, packing up, printing out. I'm looking forward to getting out of the country, getting back on the road where I really belong, I think. Ideally, every three months, I have to leave Japan. It's been about nine now and I'm feeling edgy. Green curry in Seam Reap. A long train ride at night. Crossing the border early in the morning. Taxis. Dirty places, poor people. You don't get this stuff in Japan. In Japan, everything is wrapped in plastic. In Thailand, the machine gears grind. Bangkok, as described when I first traveled there in 2005, is a dizzy, kinetic city, full of sin and potential.

I am going to meet a friend of my Internet friend Scott Hodge, a guy whose family works with people in the sex industry in Bangkok. We're going to have lunch on Thursday. I'm sure I'll come back with plenty of thoughts. And then on to Laos where I will give this presentation and two others.