Thailand or the Kingdom of Thailand as it is officially known was previously called Siam and is a predominantly Buddhist country. Buddhism has two main branches, Theravada and Mahayana―apparently over ninety percent of Thai’s practice Theravada Buddhism. If you are interested in studying or learning more about Buddha and Buddhism, you should check out this website that offers a free ten-lesson online course.
It is amazing how quickly we seem to be able to slot back into our previous activities as if we never abandoned them. The speed at which the details of our holiday activities become hazy is also surprising, or is that just old age? Over the festive period I spent a month travelling in Thailand and Wales and got back to Colombia about ten days ago. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
One big difference for me between Thailand and Colombia is that here I don’t feel relaxed walking around busy areas of the city taking pictures. I am always concerned that someone will try to snatch my camera and disappear into the crowds. In Thailand, I never once thought that would happen.
Something that surprised me was that the noise levels in the streets were much lower than here in Colombia. I was expecting the traffic to be somewhat chaotic and noisy as it is here in Medellin, however, there were far less motorbikes in Thailand and for that reason, the streets were far less noisy. In addition, the whole time I was there I only saw one person asking for money. There were no beggars or people performing at the traffic lights in an attempt to collect money from the stationary vehicles waiting for the lights to change. This sight is very common in Colombia. In Cardiff, I saw quite a few people busking for money by singing Christmas Carols, playing the guitar and even someone playing the Celtic Harp.
Over the twelve days there, I stayed in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket and using those as a base, I visited various other places. It was a great experience and one that I will write about in more detail over the coming months.
From Thailand, I travelled to Wales and spent Christmas and New Year with my family. It was great to be home again. I spent time in Cardiff and in Newport, Pembrokeshire and had another enjoyable though very different experience to Thailand.
In total, I took about 1,800 photos that I now need to organise and edit so I guess I will be sat in front of my Mac in between English classes for a few months at least. Luckily, I enjoy the whole creative process. The first photos taken at the Grand Palace in Bangkok are already on the site and can be seen here and I hope I can add some each week until the task is complete.
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