the porous city



email me



Back in Chiang Mai
Yesterday picked up a Chinese visa in Bangkok and boarded an overnight bus north to Chiang Mai - there are many, many buses in my future. The bus left from the backpacker hub of Bangkok; it was a sleeper, which in my case meant a seat that reclined close to horizontal but also yo-yoed up and down with every bump in the road. Our drab, industrial transport was passed on the road by dozens of airbrushed, spiffy-looking luxury buses decorated with the kind of colored lights beloved by Thais.

Twelve hours later, the bus stopped outside of Chiang Mai before loading us onto minibuses. These deposited us in front of a guesthouse (a typical harmless scam, we'd been told we were headed to the center of town) that tried to hook us as soon as we touched pavement. I and a kid from Mexico grabbed our bags and walked five minutes to the center, before going our separate ways.

Over coffee and breakfast I decided to give myself a night in a bed before tackling the next seven hours of bus ride to the Laos border. Before finding a guesthouse I found an Internet cafe. Using the adrenaline left over from arriving in a new city, I finally finished revising my resume and writing a cover letter for a non-profit job I might apply for. Two days to decide.

last timestamped: 06:12:10 03-May-2008
in categories:Travel/Vagabond'08





No html.

what's the second letter of your name?

a11y, Shopping, Visual, Javascript, s60, MacOS, Security, Net, Hardware, Android, barcamp, Audio, Social, Mobile, Wearables, Medical, Open, OS, Crowdsourcing, Web, Business, Collaboration, Storage, Data, Automobile, Energy, RSS, Development, Web analytics, Product Management, WRX, PIM

Geography, Toys, Travel, Sports, Politik, Video, Podcasts, Friday, L.A., Law, Activism, NYC, Berlin, Life hacks, Agriculture, San Francisco, Personal care, Games, Bicycling, Quizzes, CrowdFlower, Boston, Statistics, Transportation, Housing, Clothes, Feminism, Food & Drink, Surfing, History, Minnesota

Mailing lists, Streams, Lyrics, Events, Good tracks, Videos, Reviews, L.A., Mp3s, History, Booking, House, Hip-hop, Musicians, Business, Boston, Shopping, Mixes, Labels, Making

Heroes, Weblogs, Friends, Meditation, ADD, Exercise, Working with, Enemies, Gossip, Subcultures, Vocations, Family, Stories, MOTAS, Health, Me, Languages, Life hacks

Literature, iPad bait, Events, Spoken Word, Movies, Outlets, Visual, Poetry, Comix, Burning Man, Animation, Humor, Desktop wallpaper bait, Sculpture, Rhetoric

Macroeconomics, Non-profit, Personal finance, Marketing and CRM, Web, Shopping, IP Law, Insurance, Real Estate, Personal services, Microfinance, Investing, Taxes, Management consulting, International Development

Architecture, Data visualization, Cool, Algorithmic, User experience, Presentations, Furniture, Web, Tools, IA, Process, Type

Statistics and Data, Psychology, Physics, Zoology, Environment, Networks

Uganda, Kenya, Vagabond '08, Kingdom of Siam

Photos I Wish I'd Taken, Moblog, Friends


One Acre Fund

Internet classic


Subscribe to this site's rss feed