And so I return, as I knew I would. This time, we're joining Red Spokes Bicycle Tours for a tour from Thailand to Laos. Then from there Cara and I are diverting to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat for three days before flying back to Bangkok. New territory, new experiences, new people, new sensations.
But of course the trip is so much more than what can be measured in degrees of latitude or in degrees Celsius. It's about the people, the culture, to how people there and here perceive themselves and each other. Especially in this season of extreme consumerism, this will be another welcome change. Not that there's any shortage of capitalism in southeast Asia. Indeed there's more. Things are for sale... everywhere. But it's different.
Sure, I'll be glad to be back here again. Back home. But it's important to mix it up occasionally.