Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thailand By The Numbers


Trips really weren't made to be quantified, unless they're birding expeditions or the like, but just for fun, let's run the numbers so far on my latest visit to Thailand.

Days in Thailand: 2
Different 7-11s visited: 4
Different 7-11s sighted: Too numerous to keep track of
Umbrellas purchased: 3
Umbrellas lost through carelessness: 2
Rainstorms walked through when perfectly good umbrella was back in room: 1
Umbrellas deliberately left behind for housecleaning: 1

Temperature (high): 89
Bowls of soup consumed: 2


Hours spent at Weekend Market: 3
Songs by The Carpenters heard: 7
People at market: A gazillion
Past photo subjects sought: 5
Past photo subjects found: 4
Past photo subjects reacting to gift of photos with slight embarrassment: 2
Past photo subjects reacting to gift of photos with loud expressions of glee: 2

Number of times I looked the right way first before crossing the street: 1
Number of times a bus came barreling down the wrong side of the street: 1
Number of times death narrowly averted: 1

Signs written in Thai that I read and translated: 1
Days it took to translate: 2
Words in sign: 2

Photos taken by me of strangers using their phone: 3
Photos taken of me by strangers using my phone:1
Photos taken of me by strangers using their phone: 0

Bookstores visited: 3
Number of times I was mistaken by a clerk for another farang (westerner): 1
Percent discount clerk subsequently gave me: 10

Smiles exchanged with strangers: Too numerous to count.

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