SF4 - Morning Walks

in #roadtosteemfest11 months ago

My alarm is still set to wake me at 6 am as per my normal working life, .. yesterday I told myself that I was going to turn it off for this week, but I forgot. So for the third day, I have been doing a pre-breakfast 6.30 am walk. Considering that iv been getting back from the SF jaunts about 2 am most nights I will need to make time for sleep... (maybe I can add the missed hours up and hibernate for 2 days when I get back to the UK ) hmm.

So I got my togs on, splashed water on my face and out I went.

I walked along the river, the sun was just coming up as was the heat level.

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The hotel complex is quite large - all around the complex area are street traders selling everything from spicy breakfast curry dishes to underwear, ... (no correlation intended between these two items). clothes shops and coffee and noodle shops.

hotel main tower
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street-level all around the hotel, daily delivery of fruit to be chopped and bagged for people on the go.

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I stopped by this trader as id not had breakfast I was getting a bit peckish, .. the bunch of bananas looked a bit much for me, .. not sure ill finish them even though they are a little bigger than a builders thumb. I asked if I could take half the bunch but he said no, ... the bunch was 50baht which is a little over £1. so I took the bunch about 20 mini bananas.

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I get the feeling that Bangkok is a place of contrasts, .. for all the renowned nightlife downtown that iv heard about (ahem), there is also quite a religious element here too, .. situated at the back of the hotel at the entrance to another street of market traders and food is this little temple - people walk past and break off temporarily from what they are doing or talking about to raise their hands in a short prayer before quickly scuttling off.

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I also noticed the monks in their orange one-piece, they are up quite early too and you don't tend to see them later on in the day, but quite a few around in the morning. They carry pots with them and people put either food or money in there and maybe get a little prayer from them. I saw a lady put some money in and then prostrate in front of one of them while he said some stuff, I'm guessing it was a prayer, it lasted less than a minute and I didn't feel right take a photo while it was going on, but managed to snap one after.

I was going to put some money in the pot too and see if he could do a little prayer on me but once he finished he took off quite quickly, they are quite nimble and I noticed he wasn't wearing anything on his feet so maybe the asphalte can get quite hot, ... ill pick my opportunity tomorrow if I get up in time and try my opportunity tomorrow.

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more great food being prepared - the smells are fantastic and you get hungry even if your not.
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Enough walking for today - I think the hotel breakfast buffet will be open by now so heading back.
I noticed this cafe and remember reading that Jeff Bezos has been knocked off the top spot of the richest person in the world, I wonder if he's branching out into small coffee shops? ... enough pondering for today.
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oh by the way, ... there are about 18 mini bananas sitting on my hotel room table, I think they will start changing colour soon, no way ill be able to finish them.

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You should have at least tried to negotiate the price down! :) I am horrible at that. I'd just be like okay, here is my money. Take it. It looks like you have had some nice walks over the past week. Probably best to get all that in before it gets too hot anyway!

hi @bozz, .. sorry for the late reply, ... I'm not sure I'm getting all the notifications, ..... it was great, ... I was going to barter but then I worked it out in sterling and thought WTH. I'm back in the UK now but it was a fantastic time, ... maybe see you at the next one. :-|

Only if it is in the US or a massive bull market happens. I can't afford to travel overseas!

Hey, great seeing you again, soz I didn't get a chance to say farewell, didn't see you at the Steemy Saturday. Presently in Koh Lanta.

Maybe take those bananas to Beer Saturday? Someone'll 'ave 'em!

Have a great time at the rest of SF4,

Nice laid back post.
My son and I are traveling Vietnam and Thailand for the month of December. So found your write up quite intriguing.
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@super-irie, .. I will try, .. I struggle to find the time, .. don't know how some people post daily, .. thank you for the ++comment.

everything from spicy breakfast curry dishes to underwear

Well that depends on how well your body handles the curry. Some people may end up needing new undies after eating it.

Great shots. I hope you are having a blast here.

Thanks @derangedvisions, great meeting you. Exactly - in fact the undies stall was not too far from the curry ones, ... maybe they are colluding !

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It's nice to settle into the local vibe and just enjoy an early walkabout.. I laughed hard at the refusal to cut the bunch in half for you. I'm a, farang that's been living in Malaysia for years now and I recall not having simple requests such as your bananas denied until I learned the language. Even with all my experience traveling around se Asia I still have these trivial annoyances that I just laugh off.. You can always go down to the street and give some bananas away and make some fruit friends!

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You can always go down to the street and give some bananas away and make some fruit friends!

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@skramatters, this trader was having none of it, ... either that or my negotiating skills still need much improvement.

Haha, it's more than likely a power play.. He can regale his mates with tales of his conquest over the farang that he forced into buying a week's worth of bananas..

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I was expecting videos of @anthonyadavisii after what you told me earlier!

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Please continue writing and resteeming worth posts.
As I mentioned before,
I’m listening.

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Oh that's coming .... 😆

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That was a good little read, cheers.
God speed on those bananas.

Nice little insight into life there. I've been hearing it's a really busy place, but seems to be calmer in the morning. You could share your bananas with the other Steemians.

Have a great day.

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Beautiful view

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The sun rise is beautiful. Have been missing the rise everyday when I am here. 😅

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Well @elizacheng ...I have found that if you stay up late enough eventually you can catch the sunrise !! 😊

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Uhm... My eyes can't stay open till the sunrise... and won't wanna open after sunrise 🤣

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This little bananas are so tasty. I bought a bunch at my way to day 1 of SteemFest and where luckily feeding a few hungry steemians that morning.

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After reading your post, i have been going bananas for bananas!!

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