moral, selfish dilemma

August 25, 2008 at 9:21 pm 5 comments

Thai folk can be exceptionally helpful. This evening i lost my way in Ayutthaya and a stranger picked me up in his car and showed me around the temples, all the while emitting delight at (as he called it) taking care of me. I smiled a lot in response to his questions… but i didn’t feel good. He enjoyed this opportunity to practice his English, but the language barrier brought me too much fatigue to feel that this ‘cultural exchange’ was worth it. Initially i had wanted to pay him to drive me to the night market because i was lost and there were no cabs, but when i saw how much he wanted to show me around i couldn’t refuse him. At the market he ordered me a vegetarian dish and pineapple shake and insisted on paying. I wanted to refuse, and i wanted to be alone, but i didn’t want to offend. Then he told me he wanted to show me around tomorrow and because i couldn’t express myself in a way he could understand, i ended up promising to call him in the afternoon. Then he asked if i had a phone and i just couldn’t lie… why couldn’t i? who the hell knows. So he will call me tomorrow (he even wanted to call me in the morning to show where he works at the police station) and i don’t know what to do… As an anthropologist i should be thrilled at this opportunity to witness contemporary Thai life firsthand, but knowing that i’ll understand almost nothing about his work, his coleages, his routine, his thoughts, i don’t want to bother.

.. i think i complain to much and need to go to sleep.


also. every time i see babies i get that protective affectionate feeling……  you know what this means…



.. time to find work in an orphanage!


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Bangkok Ayutthaya and Lopburi

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bill  |  August 26, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Hi Yelena,
    I love reading your blog. I see you’re well and having lots of adventures. I’ll be checking in.

    Lots of love and good wishes from the East Village,

    P.S. Jessica liked you too!

  • 2. Genadi  |  August 26, 2008 at 6:29 am

    But you have to remember about risky in contact to
    unknown men world

  • 3. Dina  |  August 26, 2008 at 9:25 am

    I wonder why do you need it all?
    Hope everything is ok.

  • 4. Yelena Shuster  |  August 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    everything is fine.
    he was a small man in his 50s and very calm. i have a little intuition and it told me to get in to his car ;)
    bill, thanks for the nice words. pass j a helllooo

  • 5. Jeff  |  August 27, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Oh just be nice and let the guy show you around! :-)


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