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Day 12

"Home time"

semi-overcast 8 °C

The adventure ends, and it sure has been an adventure.

I'll miss Bangkok & Chiang Mai. I'll miss Thailand, a country where only a few people in their lives will have had the opportunity to have visited. If you have had the chance I guess you'll feel the same. For me, it's something I hope to repeat, if not better. And, if I do better it, it's got to have been something like having viewed the Earth from outer space. I can't think of anything else better than this comparable. Although I have not travelled as much as others, I still have been to some exciting places, including my home city of Edinburgh, and where I currently live, Madrid.

My feelings are so high for Thailand, it's made me think of the following things I have seen and understood more.

I've seen and met so many people, who do so many different things, and lead completely different

I've seen two happy Thai families achieve a lifetime goal, waiting almost what would seem a lifetime to
achieve it. Four years to wait for the first brick to be laid, probably even longer for the application to go through and get a simple seal of approval stamp on the form.

I've seen a group of people, unknown to each other at the beginning, get together and work to achieve many objectives. A group consisting of many different nationalities and religions working together for the common good. I ask myself why the same can't be done on an international scale for say, eradicating global warming or promoting peace, nevertheless, our work was voluntary and there was no money involved whereas governments would prefer to make a quick buck than save the possible suffering and destruction of the human race.

I've seen how a peaceful religion such as buddhism, practised by the majority of people in Thailand, can create a bit of harmony in a community, yet because of this imbalance there is poverty in vastly more areas than in the western world because of their selfishness to their faith by waiting, doing nothing, and hoping that a prosperity will hit them in the face, through the kindness of others. Their is no time for waiting and being patient, we need to make our own luck and find ways to become prosperous. We need to work to achieve what you want.

I've seen how beautiful the world is, the fewer the adults there are. A child's smile and laughter in any part of the world should be a treasure, and granted as the first wonder of the world. Whether in poverty or prosperity, should a child be happy in their surroundings it is a feat for humanity. Should us adults consider ourselves worthy to hang around this place we must smile, all the time. To smile brings happiness and well being.

I'm back in Madrid now, and this is how I see things at this moment. I hope to experience more in my life as life, it seems, like one massive journey. It's a cliche to say 'that life's for living', but I'm going to make sure I live it. I suppose I have found the ultimate dream.

I sure hope the above makes sense to you all. It does to me, but it sure is difficult though to explain in words.

I also hope you've enjoyed my blog pages too. Part of this was a way to say ขอบคุณ (thank you) to all those who pledged donations to the charity Habitat for Humanity, the main reason why I had travelled to Thailand.

I don't expect, either, debates on my opinions on how I have seen things. Each person does sees things differently based on personal experience, external influences such as the press, politics, and maybe even through this blog.

I want to apologise for not being able to upload photos. The site, for some reason, didn't allow me to do so. I now have the capability, and I'll be posting the photos on each page, so don't forget to look back at previous posts.

Thanks again though for reading, but look out for one more post too. I'll have it by Monday, I guess, next week, after I come down from my massive high.

I look forward to seeing you all.

Gary Weir
Aiming to live the ultimate dream.

Posted by GaryWeir 18:14 Archived in Spain Tagged living_abroad

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