Bangkok By Foot – Thailand By Train

Bangkok Skyline From The Golden Mount

Bangkok Skyline From The Golden Mount

Day 3 in Thailand has me:  shaking my head at the events of yesterday, physically sore from (clearly) doing Vipassana Meditation incorrectly, excited to see what the day holds in store for me.

Golden Mount At Night

Golden Mount At Night

I want to walk the city and see as much as I can by chance and from the perspective of the pavement and under my own power.  But first, I have to go to the train station and see about a ticket to Chiang Mai for tonight or tomorrow.   Continue reading

For The Second Time Today, I’m Wearing Another Man’s Pants

Subtitle:  “How I Got A Monk’s Phone Number”

Bangkok Skyline

Bangkok Skyline

Day 2 – Bangkok, Thailand

So, I was on my way to the Christian Science Reading Room for a quiet, contemplative day—-ok, that’s a big fat lie.  But, when I left my hotel, I had no plan other than to head to the river and let fate blow me where she would.

Little did I know, the winds of fate would lead to: coffee at a monk’s house, a stressful (?) meditation session, a transvestite dance revue, and a thorough police shake-down.  Gee, thanks for entering my orbit, Deborah.

The Winds of Fate, as it turned out, was a random stranger standing next to me on the SkyTrain.  Deborah, an over-educated smarty-pants, total-barrel-of-monkeys-fun Social Scientist from NYC.  We were both headed to the water, so after a quick chat on the train, we pseudo-joined forces…at least in terms of trying to find the river and a water taxi.  Harmless enough, right….?
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Thailand – Day One

Buddhas Lining the Potrico at Wat Suthat

Buddhas Lining the Potrico at Wat Suthat

I’ve arrived at Thailand at 10:30am local time on what turns out to be Buddha Day. As far as I am concerned, that is a good omen, or Dharma, or whatever….more to learn there, I suppose.

Immigration was a breeze (thankfully, since I didn’t have a return or on-going ticket – a requirement in Thailand, like many countries; and as I’ve previously spent time under armed guard overnight in a Costa Rica airport for my lack of said ticket, I was pleased). Continue reading

Grand Opening

WanderlustMike: ThailandWelcome!

After many years of resisting the pressure from peers and family, I have finally opened up shop online. Welcome to my blog. I am off to Thailand to earn a certificate as a TEFL instructor, to learn the language and to immerse in the Southeast Asian cultures.

As the name implies, my name is Mike and I am a bit of a traveller. My journeys have taken me far and wide and have afforded me the opportunity to live in and explore some really amazing places around the globe. And while I have amazing skills at negotiating hostile border crossings, finding someone to put me up in a remote village, and always finding great food, I am a bit lacking in the “phone home” category.

Upon a reunion with friends or family after an extended stay abroad, I am barraged with complaints over my lack of writing or photo sharing. So, this blog is the stop-gap…the middle ground between eerie silence and the pervasive (and intrusive) nature of Twitter Facebook. Continue reading