bangkok on the other hand was a bit more frightening. our super posh hotel had a burned out and half wrecked housing structure (i use structure loosely) right next to it. and the whole city was like this. super posh and next door, a blownup shithole where tuk tuk drivers and cabbies stop to piss in the rubble. but that was what bangkok was. that, and covered in a thick constant haze of diesel. the grand palace looked like it could have been awesome even with tony the tiger, our tour guide. there were just too many people there. the black river-boat cruise was one of my favorite moments. it was cool in the breeze no one was talking to you because the motor was so loud. mindy and i could just sit and look at what we drove passed. we got to see how some of these people live. we passed many temples. and many shacks. but nothing beats thai food in thailand. there must be something in that black water because the food is damn delicious. tom yam shabu shabu is delicious with an ice-cold-and-almost-immediately-lukewarm beer.
|our first day in seoul we took a cable car to the top of this mountain where there was this lookout tower,|
a couple of guys in traditional dress performing whatever duty this still serves, and a tower to
take you even higher up.
|street shopping in seoul. tons and tons of people and tons and tons of merchandise. very colorful advertising|
covers every surface.
|kitchen utensil seller. this guy came over to see what i was drawing. it's you, dude with a pony tail and a fan.|
this shop was jam packed with every utensil you could imagine for the kitchen.
|the umbrellas were part of the market that really began to stand out for me. the repeating pattern was|
something soothing in the pushing, shoving, shopping, advertising conglomeration i was suddenly a part of.
|a quiet staircase that climbs a huge hill in insa-dong.|
|one of the buildings at the palace. i drew this one from outside the wall. |
it's one of my favorite sketches from the trip.
|my favorite little canal. it had lanterns strung across it the whole distance. it was a quiet place in the midst|
of the bustling city above. here i stood above it on the bridge. i have another drawing where i sat at the
edge of the water.
|the city center in seoul. our hotel was not far from here so i stopped here and drew a couple of different|
angles of this space. then i walked up the street about 2km and stopped along the way and sketched
as many things as i could.
|a view from our window at the Vie hotel in Bangkok. giant skyscrapers and hotels and condominium buildings and sheet metal shacks beneath all of it.|