Looking for Day 1?
I don't sleep well. It's probably a combination of that damn cold I started coming down with and being in an unfamiliar bed, but after waking up just about every hour I get out of bed around 8.
I put my shorts on along with my blue Fortius tank and Vibrams so I can go for a run outside and see how this place looks in daylight.
As I exit the alley I am greeted by life.
Cars and scooters driving up and down Sukhumvit 38 Alley (the street the hostel is on which intersects Sukhumvit Road, the longest road in Bangkok), the occasional person walking down the sidewalk, and businesses opening their doors. I turn to my left and start running south at a moderate pace. I pass several street food carts along the way, serving chicken on a stick to patrons passing by. It smells wonderful, like the grilled chicken you can buy at any Chinese restaurant back in the states (not an insult, I love that smell). I keep running to check out the area.
My running turns into walking as I get lost and wander around, ending up back on the main street, Sukhumvit Road, and admire all the little shops and watch the business owners and employees interacting with customers, the bustling sidewalks, and the "gangs" of scooters and their drivers shooting the shit until their next fare.
Ah, yes, the scooters of Bangkok.