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Cats and drogs …

It is raining cats and dogs. Even worse than that.  It is pouring down. The thunder is loud and just around the corner. I am in Bangkok, inside and it is cozy.

I must have been very tired since I slept for 11 hours. I share the mixed dorm with 4 young chinese guys. They are very polite and only one of them knows English enough to have a sort of conversation but one can sense that they are all the only child in their family. Not spoiled, they do their washing and are very capable. I have seen the dorms chinese  students live in so in. Different standard. Anyway, my roommates are not the most quiet ones but I had no trouble sleeping.

Late morning, but well deserved sleep so I decided to extend my stay here until Sunday. So what to do today?

As I told you yesterday I love markets. Not for the shopping but for the photo opportunities. Street photo is a passion. I always have been very observant on what people around me are doing so that part of street photography was the easy one. Anyway, markets, today I aimed for the vegetable and flower market. They are very close to each other.

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The map said the 5.4 kilometres would take me 1.15 hours to walk. So I started walking. After one hour I realised I was hungry. No wonder since I forgot to have breakfast. I stopped by one of the mobile restaurants and had vegetable soup and rice. A simple but extremely tasty dish. Onward. I skipped the busy roads and tried to stick to the alleys when possible.

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That is where the people have their day to day life. All the tiny shops, street markets, street restaurants. Street life in other words. A lot of people actually live big part of their lives on the sidewalk. The sidewalk is either their living room, porch, bedroom of a sort, children make their homework there, grannies take a nap there, some just sit down and read the paper. I love this street life.

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At the same time I can’t stop wondering how they cope with the traffic and the noise. I have been in cities with even heavier traffic and I was as puzzled then as I am now.

Finally I reached the river Chao Phraya. Cities with closeness to water appeals to me. I saw three tug boats towing tre enormous conjoined flatboats. The tug boats sounded as if they were struggling with the weight.

The flower market was wonderful, I never found the vegetable market, I passed the hardware district, I passed street markets were they sold everything from pills to you name it.

I walked 14,5 kilometres in 5 hours, I had 2 delicious meals and my knee almost killed me at the end but I feel happy.