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New friends in Ayuthaya

After our 4-hour bus ride to Ayuthaya we dropped our things in our room and got some rest.  We’ve been avoiding all the touristy things, but the reception lady was such an uncanny saleswoman that we agreed to go on a boat tour later that afternoon, where we would be covering the major wats (wat = place of worship,  usually a temple and its surroundings).

On the boat, I started chatting with a Swiss guy who turned out to be a teacher AND was one of “those older men with their young Thai girlfriends” that have sparked both my curiosity and indignance.  The guy was in his mid-50s, I gathered, but his gf was probably  in her 20s.  It turned out that he is a teacher and has been “dating” this girl for 4 years, a relationship kept alive by his yearly visits to Thailand.  The guy seemed genuinely nice and even offered us a place to stay when we go to Switzerland.  Still, I can’t help but feel saddened by the fate of such young girls.  Joerg, as he was called, told me some pretty funny stories about his girlfriend and I found him to be quite likeable.   The kind of relationship they have is still beyond me, but as Diesel advised me, I got to stop obsessing about such things.

The boat trip was very nice in that Diesel and I were able to just relax and not have to worry about directions, etc.  At the end of the trip, we found ourselves walking down tot the street market with a German girl and a German couple.  Tanya, the German girl, is a kickass girl (how kickass?, you ask.  SO kickass that he’s been traveling in SE Asia for over 3 months and has not taken ANY malaria pills) is also doing a year of traveling and had already amassed a ton of interesting and funny anecdotes about the places she’s visited and the people she’s met.  Heio and Gypsy (she never told us her real name) are a very cool German couple in their mid-60s, world travelers who among other things took off 3 years and drove from the northernmost point  (Alaska) to the southernmost point (Tierra del Fuego) in the Americas.

The next day, during breakfast, we hooked up with the Germans again, who just like us, were planning to do a self-guided bike tour of the various wats in the city.  Tanya had also invited a Swiss couple, Aline and Tristan, who she had first met while traveling in Laos and somehow ended up at the same guesthouse as her.

Our group of seven people took off on bikes and explored all the main sites the city had to offer.
We finished off the day by going to the night market to get some food.  Tomorrow we will be going to Sukothai with Heio and Gypsy and Tanya and the Swiss couples are off to Bangkok together.

We’re keeping in touch with all of them because Tanya will be in Australia/New Zealand at the same time we are and Aline and Tristan will be in Bali/Lombok at the same time we are planning to be there.  I have a feeling we’ll continue seeing the same people as we travel.


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4 Responses

  1. These “friends” better not replace me!

  2. Huh. The social dynamic on the road is kind of interesting.

  3. The owner of the spa that i last worked at (as a massage therapist), in Kaanapali, had a Thai GF too. When i first heard of this, i thought eewww. And still do. This guy, about 58, would go visit her about 3 times a year. I have no idea how old she was/is. But i heard that he bought her family a farm so they could earn a living. He talked openly about his relationship. Double eewww! Love your stories!

  4. The owner of the spa that I last worked at (as a massage therapist), in Kaanapali, had a Thai GF too. When I first heard of this, i thought eewww. And still do. This guy, about 58, would go visit her about 3 times a year. I have no idea how old she was/is. But I
    I heard that he bought her family a farm so they could earn a living. He talked openly about his relationship. Double eewww!
    Love your stories! Keep them coming! 🙂

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