I spent new years prancing with sparklers in this neighborhood in Bangkok where the tourists are not. But hundreds and hundreds of young Thai people counting down the new year in their language. We saw bands playing rock music which the crowd was going crazy for. I haven’t got so excited about covers in some time…Fireworks went off at midnight and young boys were asking to take their picture with me. (ego boost, Thai teenagers, thank you.) It was nice to prance around and it has been very nice to be in Bangkok with so much city life to partake in. It is nice to feel healed after the strange fever that brought me here. I am lucky I got to see fancy doctors and get all checked up here.
Over the past few days, I have been in the process of applying for a visa to Burma. Today it was finalized and tomorrow I fly there. I have been captivated by the country for some time and I’m thrilled that I will have the chance to visit. It may mean I’m out of touch for a couple weeks, but I will be back in Thailand in the middle of the month, no later than the 17th. As early as the 12th. And a chance to visit before the country really opens up to tourists and the outside world will be amazing. Burma is west of Thailand, bordering Laos on the northeast side, and India and Bangladesh sit in the northwest. Met several like minded travelers while at the embassy, one age 63 who fears she has only seven years left to travel but has been all over the world! A lovely Dutch lady who doesn’t mind eighteen hour bus rides.