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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Thai Trail 2 - Vertical Futures

We land in Bangkok, early morning, air like blankets dipped in scalding water. Our bags are immediately way too heavy. Why did we take so much stuff? We huff and sigh, we sweat and stomp. Then we lift our heads and turn to stone. We have glanced into the eye of the Medusa.

We are on another planet. Or is it the future? Or is it a nightmare? Too much sun, striking too much metal. In the back of the taxi we hold onto each other and find comfort in small things: the cab is yellow, with plastic seats that burn the backs of our thighs; the croissants too doughy, too sweet; and a woman driver in the next lane has got sunglasses just like mine.

On the 37th floor of a 'luxury tower' we find our Croatian friend. It's been almost two decades since we've last seen each other, in her country that smelled of rosemary and sea salt. I dive into that world of gentler memory, a refuge now from the glare of this metropolis. I long for a place where you see more green than gray. Where the ground is not sparkling and suspended. Where you walk to the sea, not fall into it.


At 19 April 2013 at 14:21 , Blogger Magnus said...

Ooooh, that drop. That concrete. That taxi. it's all true folks...


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