A change of routine today and from now on. Breakfast is at Thammasat where I can sit in the cooling breeze and then it's underground to the air conditioned library area get a coffee and begin meditation, oops I mean contemplation. Contemplating what I'm going to do today, tomorrow and where the heck am I going to stay in Kuala Lumpur! For now though, it an hour working on the blog, keeping all those with a passing interest on my travels around Asia informed and hopefully entertained - and if I can inspire just one person to get up, get a ticket and go somewhere outside of Europe, then all well and good.
|October 73 Monument|
Along the Boulevard then and it's a continuous stream of traffic as this is the main route west to east and onto the airport. Royal Field is on the right, a huge expanse of greenery with Khao San at one end, the Grand Palace at the other and somewhere in the middle, well nothing actually, no shade from the hot sun so the place is mostly empty, except for a few locals making a short cut. Further along is a memorial - the '14th October 73' memorial gives a clue as to what it's all about. In short, Thailand was in a military dictatorship early seventies with a promise to return to democracy. Well, as we all know, military leaders are not renowned for keeping promises and so follows a student uprising. Many deaths followed, but eventually democracy returned 14th October 73. The memorial is quite an impressive display of photos, news clippings and individual accounts of Thailand's more recent past and it's worth taking time to read, wallow and think.
|And there it is...|
Back to Thammasat for last orders, just in time and it's Pad Thai - stir fried noodles, with egg, shrimp, bean sprouts and chunks of tofu, 60p and the best, tastiest Pad Thai yet.