Getting up around dawn isn’t always easy, but usually rewarding as the temperature is relatively cool and makes cycling highly enjoyable. This morning too I climbed on my faithful bike - after lubricating my inner system with a coffee - and hit the (B) roads. At first on autopilot but after a few minutes I’m beginning to enjoy it and slowly become aware of my surroundings. It’s typical daily life upcountry, monks doing their rounds, parents bringing their kids to school, moto
Earlier this year on one of my cycling trips I’d noticed a bit off a road a field full of structures which looked like ‘lamp posts’, but actually are structures used for holding bird cages high up in the air. I’d seen individual posts for this purpose in my neighborhood before, but never a whole field… As far as I know (which granted doesn’t mean that much) this particular hobby - keeping birds and having singing competitions - is very popular in the South, but in Nonthaburi?
We travelled by 3rd class train to the monkey town of Lopburi, a leisurely 2 hour ride through a rather flat and rural landscape. Plenty of people on board, both standing and sitting in various ‘zombie’ stages, from fast asleep to endlessly noodling on their mobile phones. Between looking out of the window or taking photos I got lost in my mystery novel; Mons Kallentoft’s Midwinter Sacrafice. Arrival at Lopburi Station was uneventful but the huge kitsch monkey statues there w
2 weeks ago my old friend Anne came over for a visit, all my folding bike stories turned out to be contagious and she decided to buy one here as prices were considerably lower than back home in Germany. We checked out 2 bicycle places and she ended up buying a pink Java, with a 9 kilo weight and 3 gear perfect for her. I contacted my buddy Dave for a joint ride and we all agreed on something new, cycling from Taopoon to Banglumpoo! Checking google maps showed up plenty of con
Just to get the record straight, I thoroughly enjoy cycling around here, great exercise and plenty of photo ops. However it’s not all bliss and continuous Instagram friendly moments, like life in general there are lots of ups & downs (& anything in between!). The pros look pretty straight forward: - Off the beaten track experiences - Lots of nature - Friendly people - Photographer’s paradise The cons are perhaps not what you’d expected…: - Off the beaten track experiences > Y