I have been super-lax about posting to this blog. Long gone are the days of me blogging daily – and winning awards, accolades and kudos for blogging. So be it. Blogging filled a void in my life, that void has been filled by other things. All that said, I will try to post more, and maybe start a new personal project or two.
I recently visited Thailand. I do that 3-5 times per year depending on my schedule. Sometimes it is business, sometimes pleasure. This time was pleasure. I hate a love-hate relationship with Thailand. The love is bone-deep: The sights, sounds, people, the hate: The cheating, gouging and indifference thet same. I went from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train. 14 hours by train, overnight, and then back again 5 days later. As the name professes the night train travels at night. You don’t get to see a whole lot. The morning though, that’s another story.
My companions were all still asleep. I had just been drastically overcharged in the dining car for a cup of boiling water to make instant coffee. Being overcharged in Thailand isn’t unusual – the Thai’s have it down to a science. (I have never been as blatantly cheated in any other country as I have been in Thailand.) I stood between the train cars, coffee in hand, and watched the sunrise in progress.
This was one of the trips I had opted not to take a DSLR. A Sony NEX 7 and Fuji X100 were my photographic arsenal. Both are damn-fine cameras, with a APS-C sized sensor – a better alternative in my books to Micro Four-Thirds. I snapped a few on the sun coming up – braced against the walls of the aged train, half out the open window. The Fuji did a good job.