- We are 4 hours forward, is that right?
- No, 6.
- From Jordan?
- I don't know from Jordan. I am from South Africa.
As a matter of fact, both of us took off from Doha, Qatar.
The heat and humidity are unbearable. I am sticky, wet, stinky and sweaty. My body has to get used to another extreme again. I don't have any idea where I am - the smells, the colours, the taste of the food, the people. Noone speaks English. NOONE.
Sometimes I am wondering why the people around consider my one-man journey as a courageous act. I don't think it's a big deal. But sometimes, I must confess, I am feeling in the lonliest and darkest corner in the world. I guess it's just the natural trauma of pushing myself to set up a new beginning without a friend around or anyone I know and almost without a penny in my pocket. I bet Bangkok is much nicer place with a certain dose of money and air conditioning.
I found a little heaven island for travellers in the downtown - United Travellers Connection, 37 Chakkrapong Road, Chanasongkram, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200 - a kind of bar with free internet access, PCs, free luggage room and few tables where you can rest and eat your own food. At 8 PM I am going to take the overnight train to Ubon Ratchathani, where my real experience in this colourful land will begin. From this current persective, the Middle East seems like my home's backyard.