Saturday, August 30, 2014

102 Bangkok

The man who repaired and cleaned my boots - half inside and half outside the pub - scrubbed, polished, squatted and sat on the sidewalk with his few belongings and a wooden basket for his polishes and glue.

It was fascinating and absorbing for me watching him do the soles, do the shine sitting in his own world. No team, no boss, no work mates - alone maybe. So very thin and quite small.

He even trimmed the laces and did a bit of melting the ends.

In all it came to 200THB, which is around a fiver.

I reckon those boots have been to more distant places in the five years I've worn them than the shoe shine man has been in his whole life.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

101 Lake Malawi

What I'm doing (trying to be doing that is) is write about my being and my times and my space. I'm "writing" my life as its the only one I know. And I'm writing it through the places I've been.

Simultaneously, I'm living my life now and here. You'll get bits and pieces about living in Bangkok and building a house in a village in upcountry Thailand. Unfortunately I'm wrapped in the disgusting hierarchical days of an ultra royalist / military coup and rule by junta. On the bright side I'm living in a hopeful era that may witness the death of another monarchic dynasty. Thus, interstuffed into my life through travel you may well get Bangkok episodes and housebuilding tales, just because I find it therapeutic to bang them in here. just happen to have landed in Malawi, when I was 27. I'm 50 now. And in Bangkok.

I'm going through my photo albums scanning and binning. Writing up my travel diaries.





Wednesday, August 13, 2014