Pursat, 12th July 2015.
I am sitting on the bus waiting to go. My friends picked me up from the school and dropped me at the bus stop. We changed the ticket, because we found a direct bus leaving at the same time. I hug my friends and I said thank you.
I am closer to the border! We stopped to have lunch, at 11am of course! (Cambodian lunch time could be at 11am or 12pm, not later). The bus was heading directly to the border before the bus broke down. We stopped at a bus stop. I was flapping my eyelids all the time. I didn’t see the time I decided to get down pick up a bottle of water and get in again. After waiting a while, another bus came, the driver said something and all people got down, me too. We changed bus. It was full and people were using the blue chairs and sitting on the corridor. I got a seat!
We had already passed battambang shouldn’t be too long to reach the bolder.
Spanish girl: We have changed the bus….don’t ask?
Australian guy: IoI. I told you.Did the bus break dwon?
Spanish girl: Maybe…who knows I don’t ask.hahaha
Australian guy: I have had the same experience on that bus. It is the worst. But at least you go directly to the border.
I didn’t tell him that when we changed the bus I didn’t get my ticket back, so if something happens we will see how I will explain that I am going to the border and I have already paid
The bus started to go fast; meantime they put on the TV with karaoke music. I couldn’t sleep!
Spanish girl: I sent him my location
Australian guy: You are now going fast. It’s getting there.
Spanish girl: Let’s say 1 hour.
And 1 hour later I sent my location again.
Spanish girl: and now…
Australian guy: My God. That is the slowest I have seen yet.
Spanish girl: hahahahahahahahaha
I am in Thailand! I am waiting for the bus to leave. There is a bus leaving at 3.30pm, but going to Mo Chit, but I booked the ticket to Ekamai, so I have to wait one more hour. The first thing that I did was to buy a sim card, but not lucky. They have finished all kind of cards! Secondly, I went at ATM to take money, and my cards were not working. My mother went to the bank in Spain and they told her that everything is ok. No way, I went to change some rupees, also not lucky. They told me that they don’t exchange bills with writing on it. All bills in India have some writing. I am too tired to argue, so I have decided to be patient and wait.
At 3.30 they call me to say that the bus was leaving. But my bus is at 4.30pm! They told me get in! I did it. After 10 minutes the bus stopped, they took me and dropped me in a minivan. Welcome to Thailand! I was here, I have forgotten the Thai style changing buses and linking however. They do good job!
I am sitting in the minivan with two leather seat for me. Lucky me! I am going to try to sleep; there are at least 4 hour ahead to reach Ekamai station.
We have stopped at the pump station close to the airport; I guess we will be at the end of this trip in 30 minutes or a bit more. I couldn’t sleep the minivan was very fast and we were bumping on the trip, I have a heavy headache, just I want to jump into bed.
9pm. I am eating my first Pad Thai of the trip. I am at the restaurant “la esquina” . We don’t know what it is called, but my bother-in-law has been coming here since 10 years. He’ named it “ la esquina”, because it is at the corner. (The corner in English). I came here for first time 5 years ago.
Tonight I am here alone, and of course there is a story behind it. I arrived at the reception desk of the tower where my sister, bother-in-law and my beautiful niece live and I ask for the key, that my brother-in-law left for me there. The thing is that he couldn’t make a new key and the Korean guy has one and the other one is for me, so he has no key. The girl with broken English told me, no key, and gave me a pass card. My phone was not working, so I couldn’t check if I had some message.
To get inside this condominium is not easy. There are 6 towers and these are the steps that you have to climb to reach my family home:
1st. Say Sawadika with smile to the people at the reception desk.
2nd. Pass the pass card to open the first glass sliding big door.
3rd. Pass the pass card to take the lift.
4th. Stop on the 3rd floor, where there are the 2 swimming pools, gym, restaurant, playground, basket and the sitting area.
5th. Go to the right tower and pass the pass card to take the lift.
6th . 15th floor.
I was thinking that the door will be open, but I was not lucky. The Wi-Fi was working and as well recognized my phone. Standing in front of the door checking all whatsapps and sending messages: I am alive and safe at home!. No whatsapps from my brother-in-low, so I have decided to take my bag and go for the first Pad Thai and a gig Chang beer.
When I passed by the reception desk I asked for the key again, and I pushed the girl to check it better. She told me there is nothing, but I push her again! And there we went! Thank God! So I took the key, and I went upstairs to drop my stuff and leave again for my Pad Thai.
Having a Chang beer with and delicious Pad Thai. Love my life!