Even in Bangkok. I love this picture from my trip last August. I came across this picture last night and I had to laugh. I remember this exact moment. We were walking down this crazy tourist street in Bangkok with Europeans all around. I remember being astonished at the amount of white people around. We rounded the corner and dirty little Thai men kept trying to get me to get me to go into dirty little clubs with ladyboy’s and mostly naked women and the like. “Ping pong, ping pong” they kept saying to me. Ping pong? You don’t wanna know. Ignoring did nothing. Finally I started egging one of them on. “Ping pong?!?!?!” I exclaimed back. The little man got very excited and started pointing me to a particular club. “Ping pong! Ping pong!” he kept saying. “No way, ping pong?” I said back. Amber started getting upset with me. “Cambria! Stop that! Don’t talk to them!” She was probably right but I could only ignore them for so long.
Anyway, enough of the immoral, evil stuff and back to my picture. The gesture Ronald and I are doing is a greeting of respect in Thailand. I got very used to putting my hands up to my face, fingers up, and bowing my head when I got a ride from someone, bought something, met someone, squeezed through a doorway with someone coming the other way through, got my food from someone, tipped someone for taking a picture of me on an elephant ride, etc. They do it all the time! I started to love it. To me, it was a very warm, mutually respectful greeting and it doesn’t seem to be dying like the handshake is in America. I completely loved experiencing a wholly new and different culture while in Thailand. I can’t wait for my next trip!