Thailand

reactions, and interactions

From the soldiers at the check points along the road in South Thailand, we got enthusiastic reactions, expressed in different manners: the most official military salute as we ride passed, huge smiles and the Victory V with their hands, attempts at high fives with us (!), thumbs up... We actually only met 2 soldiers without a great big smile on their face...

From this 50-year old man, a muslim, who, as we stop for morning tea, asks us if we believe in Allah, and if we come from muslim families. After explaining to him that our educations are more on the Christian side (to explain that religion does not necessarily play the same role in our countries than it does here is not even conceivable), he lets us know, we a big smile: "there is only one Allah, we just don't call him the same". So much wisdom...

From the youngest son of this family that welcomed us one night who, as he comes home that night and sees us talking with his family, runs away screaming as if he'd seen a couple of ghosts! Thus creating a general burst of laughter of all present. It still took him 10 minutes after that to dare coming closer to us...

From the crowds along the streets as we enter Bangkok, looks full of admiration and joy, and even big hand claps! What a spectacular arrival...

From this man who cooks us fried rice on the side of the road, explaining to us by gesturing the pedaling motion with his hands that cycling rocks, and who, therefore, cooks us double (or was it triple?) portion - cannot have us starve!

From this group of teenagers riding their scooters that we come accross on the road, who, seeing yvoine, let out, in english, a "oh, what a girl!"

From this chinese woman who, on the morning of the first day of the year of the rooster, sees us start riding before sunrise, stops us and gives us bananas and oranges wishing us good luck.

From this soldier who, at a check point near the Thai-Cambodian border, waves us down and asks us to stop - half worrying they are going to go through all of our bags, we turn around and stop to realise they are just offering us water!

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