Saturday, July 09, 2005

It's 2:30 a.m. in Bangkok... I'm on the seventh floor of a hotel on Khaosan Road, Bangkok's Farang Mecca. If you don't know Bangkok... or rather, if you don't know where to find cheap but decent lodging in Bangkok, you come to Khaosan Road. I want to take that back... the guesthouse that Allison and I stayed in last night was not decent, not decent at all. So today, as soon as we woke up, I checked in to a better place across the street. Twice the price, but totally worth it. The hot shower I took today was heaven on earth.
I said goodbye to Allison at 11 this morning. She's off to Dharmsala for two weeks to recieve teachings from the Dalai Lama. I was really quite sad to see her go. Though I had never met her before this trip we really connected here in Thailand and had a fantastic time. It's strange...for the past two weeks I've been saying goodbye to one person after another... my travelling partners have become less and less until today. Today I was completely alone in the big city of Bangkok and I really felt it. In one way, it's liberating to be on your own and it's exciting to immerse yourself in the culture of a place. In another way, it's sad not to have anyone to share it with. I traveled all over Bangkok today...just seeing things and watching people, but having no person to share it with. It's a strange feeling.
I'm leaving Thailand tonight. Though I'm excited to see everyone I know and love at home, I don't want to leave. Not at all. I've fallen in love with this country... the lessons I've learned and the ways in which I have grown from this experience are priceless. It is with a heavy heart that I'll board that odd little capsule that will deposit me on the other side of the earth. But come to think of it, it was with a heavy heart that I left my loved ones behind in the U.S.. the Dukkha never quits.
So goodbye Thailand... sawutdee ka let chog dee! We'll meet again.

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