Traffic/ Traveling/ Business

Once again were all a little bit wiped from all the traveling. We just came from Bangkok early this morning and spent about 3 hours getting ourselves and all of our luggage through the border. But everyone got through smoothly and we’ve been quite blessed with the absence of conflicts in traveling. We had an overall great time in Thailand. Although Bangkok is considered developed, there were a lot of questions everyone had. I personally have been wondering how people can make a profit from their businesses in such a huge city where streets are lined with tiny stands/stores that all sell similar products. Driving through the streets, I found a lot of repetition among business structure. I just don’t know whose buying these products and how these people differentiate from their neighbor. There are so many little stands so I can’t quickly overlook why they do what they do. It is also mostly food. There were not many spots for touristy items. After dinner, some of the group went out looking for postcards and said they walked for a mile to only walk by food stand after food stand. Sorry to all parents not getting postcards from Thailand. We couldn’t find any! Fast-forwarding a little bit to tonight in Siem Riep, Cambodia, we walked through the city to find so many different products, restaurants, and services. There is definitely a more tourist side of things here. We we’re surrounded buy a ton of Europeans tonight at dinner and there are a lot more white people than I expected. It is a really cool atmosphere though. Seeing the down town market/streets is literally like what you see in Southeastern Asian movies. All different kinds of scents, music, and sounds(lot of horns). Bikes and “Tuk Tuk’s” weave through pedestrians. The drivers here seem like they’re going to flatten your toes but they seem to know what they’re doing. I will also note that on main roads, there are road markings for lanes but no one abides by them. Everyone creates there own lane. Sounds chaotic. It is. But it works. Tomorrow it looks like we have some bike riding around the city in store for us. We will be here for about a week so it will be nice to get oriented around the city. Thanks for reading! God Bless. Jay Gabbard

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2 thoughts on “Traffic/ Traveling/ Business

  1. Hi Alison, I am leaving this comment to let you know that I miss you and I’m going to do my best to keep up with you. Tell Elena I said hello. Blessings soak up the experience. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

  2. Hi Jay and Fellow Students!
    So wonderful to follow all your stories! Thank you for taking time to give us some visuals of your experiences. It helps us to understand what you are doing. I hope you continue to have great experiences as God continues to watch over you. Thinking of you all.
    Robin Dozer

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