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August 12, 2005

Same Same But Different

Greetings all from Thailand. Currently we are in Sukhothai region enjoying Pad Thai and banana roti with jam and/or chocolate. Tomorrow, a bike tour amongst some temples (wat). Food is very inexpensive here, tonight dinner and dessert (the aforementioned banana roti) came to almost $2 (two dollars). Also, our hotel, with cable tv and air conditioning; just under $9 a night. The title of this post, "Same Same But Different," is a popular Thai expression, we have heard it lots, particularly from guides and people explaining things to us. It means "Instant coffee is identical to coffee prepared in the normal fashion." Or it means "This bus does have air-conditioning, but it is just broken at the moment." Or it means "It is safe to walk across the street on a green light, just look both ways first because the cars going the other way are ignoring the red light." More Later!