Monday, November 23, 2009

For Friends, Gratitude

My friend Kristianne comes to visit-- and will perhaps stay, I hope--a few days after Thanksgiving and I am thankful. I am lucky to have met people here in Bangkok and other places who are wonderful to spend time with, but we always hold special places in our hearts for people who share some of our history, and Kristianne and I share the Elliott Bay Book Company.

This means we share a passion for books and for talking about them. We both love to examine our worlds and analyze what makes them the places that we see and feel and love and sometimes loathe. It means that our reverence for words extends to using them in the best way that we can. That we share an astrological sign means nothing but it is possibly why we both love adventures and exploration.

Having Kristianne here means more to me than I have told her; I haven't wanted to let her know how much I long for her arrival in case she decides not to come and might then feel that she has let me down in some way. I am eager to see how she reacts to Bangkok and to see what she finds special about the city I live in. I know she will find parts of it that will be new to me--that's what explorers do.

I love the thought of showing her what I enjoy most about Bangkok and seeing other parts of it that I've been waiting to do with a friend. I'm hoping we can travel a tiny bit together, as well as looking forward to hearing about her adventures when she travels alone. I hope she might think Christmas along the Mekong in Vientianne would be a good way to spend some of the last days of this year.

Living and traveling alone is what I do, but there are some things that are not as much fun to do alone--going to one of Bangkok's many beergardens that spring up in the cool season, for example, or eating at a sushi bar. I'm grateful that in a few days I'll have someone here--as a friend, a companion, and perhaps a reality check. Welcome to Bangkok, Kristianne!

6 comments:

Kristianne said...

Thank you Janet. I am on my way! The Christmas plans sound fantastic. I'm looking forward to a December void of a million remix versions of Silent Night.
See you soon.

janet brown said...

Oh there will be plenty of Yuletide annoyances for you in December--just to give you fair warning in Thailand Mrs Santa Claus is a hottie, sacrilegious as that may seem. Laos on the other hand I have hopes for, since it is both Buddhist and a People's Democratic Republic--

Kim said...

Have a wonderful time talking books and drinking beer!!

Tokyo Ern said...

Darn, I want to go to Laos again as well. I hope there's still no Golden Arches in Vientianne. That makes it a special capital city in my book.

But hey, Mikako and I will be looking forward to showing you around my adopted hometown as well.

Tokyo waits...

janet brown said...

Ernie, I am going to take you up on that someday soon I hope--your posts and photos have made me so eager to see your city with you. I'll report on the Golden Arches later next month--I did see them at a distance in Phnom Penh and they are everywhere in Beijing and Chengdu. (Along with Starbucks, their sole reasons for existing are clean toilets.

janet brown said...

Wishing you the same, but with le vin, Kim.