News of terrorist bombing this week in Bangkok hit me like a sock to the stomach! Thailand, the “Land of Smiles”, and truly wonderful people, doesn’t deserve the brutality brought on by crazy anarchists! My immediate thought was…”We have to plan a trip soon to come back to Bangkok and Thailand!” We will travel undaunted and not be scared off because of this horrific event! I thought the same thing after the 2002 and 2005 bombings in Bali. We returned to Bali in 2005!
Mark Jenkins wrote, “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.”
I love the emotion of this picture of Marla giving a “wai” to the owner of a shop in Chiang Mai we did business with for Wesco Fabrics.
We will definitely come back to Bangkok soon! I’ll never forget the majesty of the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho.
We made many good friends sourcing products for Wesco Fabrics in Thailand over the years.
Travel to favorite locales like Thailand and Bali is very special. It is the people and culture first, and the architecture….but then it is the cacophony of motor scooters, birds, sounds of people enjoying themselves, and prayers in a temple. Everything appears more intense. Colors are so saturated you can almost taste them. You encounter smells of sandalwood, charcoal, sweat, and scents indescribable in my vocabulary.
And then there is Bali, an island so rich in visual beauty, but sadly not immune to terrible acts of terrorists. We still return, and return again! The laughter of girls walking home from their school in Bali, and an image of a woman walking the Ridge Trail near Ubud after selling her wares at the market.
A temple procession in rural Bali before the New Year festivities.
Prayers at the Goa Gajah temple in Bali.
The wonderful juxtaposition of modern Balinese architecture and the impossibly green jungle below.
I close with an image of a lotus flower. In Buddhism it symbolizes the rising above the murk to achieve enlightenment. The red lotus also symbolizes compassion and love. We really could use a lot of compassion and love right now!
All images by Dick Gentry.