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Monday Travel Update – Settling Down in Bangkok Edition

I’ve been in Bangkok for almost a week now. My sleep schedule is totally screwed up. I’ve been going to bed in the afternoon and getting up around midnight. However, there is no particular reason for me to be anywhere, so I haven’t really made an attempt to adjust my schedule. I’ve also found that the internet is better at night and I’m also less distracted because everything is closed.

It is sort of strange being in Bangkok. It some respects it is like I’ve never left, even thought I haven’t been here in two years. On the other hand, two years is long enough to notice subtle changes. The hotel I stay at has definitely changed. They are doing some renovations and have closed one section of rooms. They have also changed general managers. There are only 2 staff who still work here from when I was here last time.

The fruit stand where I buy my daily rambutan is still there, but the lady who sells the fruit has changed.

Most other things, however, have stayed the same.

Now that I’ve settled in, I’m starting to get some work done. The only issue I’ve encountered so far is that I’m finding it next to impossible to upload photos to Smugmug. I’ve tried it at several locations now, but for some reason (router issues??) nothing wants to be uploaded.

If you are in Bangkok or will be passing through this month, please feel free to contact me to meet up. I’m staying near Sukhumvit road near Soi 33, near the Phrom Phong BTS Station.

Sponsors

G Adventures Guess who is in the 2013 catalog for G Adventures?

TripIt We finished our TripIt Amazon Gift card giveaway. The Grad Prize winner was Alissa Monfre who will get the $250 Amazon Gift card and a 1-year subscription to TripIt Pro.

We also had five runner-ups will will be a 1-year subscription to TripIt Pro.

  • Naoyuki Saito
  • Monique Ohl Rizzo
  • James Nurthen
  • Hayden Gartzman
  • Keisha Mayon

Congrats and I’m sure you are going to love it!

What I’m Playing

One big problem being outside of the United States is that many of the TV shows I watch are blocked. I can’t get access to Hulu, Netflix or Amazon streaming videos. I usually shift my media consumption to books and video games.

I recently discovered that Wizard’s of the Coast have come out with Magic The Gathering for the iPad. I’ve always been amazed that they were able to port this game to a computer given how flexible and almost infinite the rules can be. They did a great job and Magic is in someways even more fun on the iPad. There is never a question about rules and you don’t have to deal with physical cards.

Needless to say, I’d be far more productive if I had never found this. The app is free and (surprise!) you have to pay to download extra cards and expansions.

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  1. Max Neumegen says:

    Like to come visit some locals and fellow travellers while I’m Bangkok ?
    Come to the
    Every Wednesday , Wednesday CouchSurfing.org Bangkok gathering, chilling house bar cafe, end of cocowalkway, ratchathewi BTS exit 2. All evening.

  2. Renae Lindsay says:

    Im a travel writer currently in Bangkok finishing my first book about traveling around the world on sailboats. I would love to meet you.

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