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The In-between (of two trips, not the creepy one…)

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A few days back I had a sudden itch to write…and nowhere to write seeing as it was one of the few times I did not have pen and paper with me. And before anyone asks, no. I couldn’t write on my phone. That’s just an exercise in frustration. So here I am now, still tired and mildly sick (f*** off cold, I’m not calling in sick for you!) and trying to kill some time before I gotta leave for the cinema. More on that later. What caused this sudden spur of inspiration (and most likely the bloody cold)? My most recent and first trip to Bangkok.

I didn’t know what to expect to be honest. The pictures online looked pretty but the stories I heard from fellow cabin crew ranged from hilarious to downright terrifying. I had people try to talk me out of the flight on account of how difficult it can get. Not in terms of weather. (Though we did have to secure the cabin a couple of times on account of anything not bolted doing a vague impression of a trampoline artist.) No…. It’s the worrying amounts of alcohol passengers consume. I kid you not people, we were out of wine by the end of our flight back. That is a feat in and of itself. And not one to be proud of. I get it. It’s over eleven hours stuck in a flying sardine can, it can get boring. But seriously? That’s the solution? Here’s a radical alternative people: READ A BOOK!

But I digress. What I meant to talk about was not my frustration with the amounts of alcohol I had to serve, but rather my first impressions with this new place I visited. And shall be visiting again soon (bless you Scheduling….) I….liked it. I mean this was my first time anywhere in southeast Asia so the novelty factor was strong but still. Despite the incomprehensible (to me) language and writing in the signposting, despite the bone-deep tiredness (and suspiciously little jet-lag), there was just something about the place that made me feel comfortable. Wish I could say what it was though.

Not just the friendliness of the people and the warmth of the weather. Or even the familiarity of a fleet market. (Those of you who have been in Athens, think Monastiraki but bigger.) Whatever it was, it was nice being in a place where I didn’t feel like I need to keep checking over my shoulder every few minutes. And now that I have a first idea of the place I can see about joining a tour or something. Call me a tourist, but dang it I wanna see those floating markets! I’d have done it on my previous trip but let’s just say the pick-up for the tour is at ungodly o’clock and leave it at that…

Anyway I’ll write more about this after I’m back again. Maybe by then I’ll have figured out exactly what about this place makes me so… I don’t know. Comfortable seems to be the best word for it. And between then and now there’s also probably gonna be something about Black Panther. I’m watching it later today! Hurray!

The view from up high

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I went for a walk a couple of days ago. No surprise there. When it comes to walking I’m a bit like abridged!Alucard (mum DON’T look it up!). Veeeeery enthusiastic. Now,  can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this here before but one of my favourite places to walk in is the area around the Acropolis in Athens. And contrary to my habit I actually took some half-decent pictures this time! Here we go then, photo album time!

The Acropolis rock from the Acropolis Museum veranda.

The Acropolis rock from the Acropolis Museum veranda.

Again the view from the Museum veranda. But from the other side. So much green and blue, I <3 it!

Again the view from the Museum veranda. But from the other side. So much green and blue, I

Aaaand that's the front of the museum. With it's modern look and see-through floor, because you cannot dig anywhere in this city and not find something of archaeological value.

Aaaand that’s the front of the museum. With it’s modern look and see-through floor, because you cannot dig anywhere in this city and not find something of archaeological value.

Apparently this was the top piece of the decorations on the front of the Parthenon. Am I the only one thinking it would make a WICKED cake decoration?

Apparently this was the top piece of the decorations on the front of the Parthenon. Am I the only one thinking it would make a WICKED cake decoration?

And this kids is what a receipt used to look like the 5th century BCE.

And this kids is what a receipt used to look like the 5th century BCE.

Went to visit my favourite girls. They miss they're sister who's off on an extended visit in London.

Went to visit my favourite girls. They miss they’re sister who’s off on an extended visit in London.

And here's the mother of all braid hairstyles. One that I will figure out on day....

And here’s the mother of all braid hairstyles. One that I will figure out on day….

Aaaand that's the front of the museum. With it's modern look and see-through floor, because you cannot dig anywhere in this city and not find something of archaeological value.

Aaaand that’s the front of the museum. With it’s modern look and see-through floor, because you cannot dig anywhere in this city and not find something of archaeological value.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus and it's fancy entrance. I've actually gone to a performance there. Acoustics to die for, seats...not so much.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus and it’s fancy entrance. I’ve actually gone to a performance there. Acoustics to die for, seats…not so much.

The road from the Odeon up to the Acropolis and the Areios Pagos hill.

The road from the Odeon up to the Acropolis and the Areios Pagos hill.

Bit of a stop on the way. I speak from experience when I say that this is a climb you don't want to do with bad shoes. The street is made of marble, polished and slippery from years and years of walkers.

Bit of a stop on the way. I speak from experience when I say that this is a climb you don’t want to do with bad shoes. The street is made of marble, polished and slippery from years and years of walkers.

There's actually two ways up the hill. This is the older (and significantly harder) one.

There’s actually two ways up the hill. This is the older (and significantly harder) one.

And this is the easier one.  Providing you're not wearing heals.

And this is the easier one. Providing you’re not wearing heels.

The view from the hill. And a photobomber!

The view from the hill. And a photobomber!

And the view from the other side.If you're ever in Athens in the late spring or summer, it's worth the climb if only to watch the sunset.

And the view from the other side.If you’re ever in Athens in the late spring or summer, it’s worth the climb if only to watch the sunset.

The flea market of Monastiraki, another favourite haunt of mine. If you like antiques of any kind it's just the place for you!

The flea market of Monastiraki, another favourite haunt of mine. If you like antiques of any kind it’s just the place for you!

One of the shops there, the Bead Shop (I just love translating), a hive if you like jewellery making. Beads, cords, clips... Whatever you wish for they have.

One of the shops there, the Bead Shop (I just love translating), a hive if you like jewellery making. Beads, cords, clips… Whatever you wish for they have.

All in all it was a wonderful day. There was music on the streets, smiles in the faces of the people, a warm sun above (and a fresh sunburn on my shoulders by the end of the day). All in all a wonderful day, the kind of I wish more would come more often.