Monday, October 2, 2006

Jotman Heads North

"We would put your luggage under the bus, but the water level on the road is too high for that." So began my journey to the northwest of Thailand. The monsoon rains have been falling for a month now; whole towns must struggle to stay above water.

I passed the town of Sukhothai -- the first capital of the Thai Empire, where ruins date from the Forteenth Century. Sukhothai means "Dawn of Happiness" and watching the locals cope with floodwaters, it is evident that today's inhabitants retain the spirit of the ancient name. To the locals, the flood spelt opportunity: to play, to meet your neighbors, to swim, and -- most remarkably -- to go fishing on your street.

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