I was up at seven again (the Larium?). I had museli for breakfast, then jumped on the internet. I got another price for a flight to India and decided to go ahead and book it - only to find there were no seats available for this week. I walked through the nearby food market - mostly meats. I'd bought some fried bannanas but the market made me pretty queasy - I really am out of the travel habit! It wasn't just the butchered stuff, it was also the live birds, eels, turtles (of all sizes), and snakes. On the other side of the market I was distraught to come across a booth selling cute fluffy rabbits and hamsters. I can deal with people eating rabbits, but the hamsters upset me a little. When I saw that they were also selling goldfish I realized that it was a pet store - at least it made me feel better to think that!
At Kao San Road I wandered around and did some shopping. I bought a hammock to send to Stacy - she requested it for her hut in Micronesia. I also bought a couple books, some toiletries, and had a student ID made for $1.
I tried another travel agent. Her price was even cheaper, but when she checked the flights both airlines were booked through the end of the month. She came up with even a cheaper route that had the added benefit(?) of giving me a night in Bangladesh - but even that was booked out. She told me to come back after lunch and she would call a friend who worket at Air India. I came back an hour later and she was able to get me a seat on Wednesday flight to Delhi for $150. I paid for the ticket but I don't get to pick it up until tomorrow - I'm hoping t all works out!
I finnished off my Kao San afternoon at a bar where I had a beer and watched the video The Hollow Man. I walked back to the guest house and hung out in my room a bit. I had another great dinner at the guest house and then had a few beers while talking to the guy who had written the Instant Juggling series of books.