Back In Bangkok
Well, the Japanese adventure is over and our budget is happy to be back in SE Asia. Japan- what a highlight.
It is nice to be back in Thailand- the land of succulent pineapples, cheap lodging and constant summertime.
Unfortunately, I was quickly reminded of a part of Bangkok I could do without. Twice tonight I saw people parading around the city streets with elephants (above) offering rides and pictures. It's a spectacle the first time, but thereafter the sight grows more and more sad. I've ridden an elephant before in Sri Lanka- in the jungle and through a reservoir, so I can only be so critical, but I HATE to see them in the traffic of a busy downtown street. You can just see the weariness in their eyes.