Lesson of the Day – Crossing the road in Bangkok!
On our first morning in Bangkok we quickly discover that crossing the road is not only overwhelming and terrifying but it’s the closest you’ll come to an extreme sport without willingly being a participant in one. As taxis, tuk-tuks, buses and scooters whizz by at an alarming pace one’s adrenaline begins to pump, one’s heart begins to race and you feel sure you are taking your life into your own hands every time you do it. The incessant rush of traffic alone can cause you to only want to walk down one side of the road – which jam-packed with stalls, shops, vendors and life is probably entirely doable in this city but in case you want to be adventurous do not be fooled by the traffic lights; there does not seem to be any rhyme or reason. I’m not sure there is any sense of right of way and any time it seemed like the lights were in our favour a stream of traffic would streak by in the another direction. The lesson I learned today – cross only when a Thai does and when you do stick close to them and do it quickly!
sun rises and heat haze
warms the street
traffic never stops