There are no longer protesters blocking the zoo. Here, a Malayan sun bear and a water monitor face off over a piece of bread someone threw them:
The bear won.
Having just returned from the U.S., we are more jetlagged than not, which means that everyone keels over at seven in the evening and is wide awake at 5 a.m. if not sooner. It’s basically a disaster. So this morning we went to go look at the squid market which is just north of us, on Charoen Krung soi 60. This is a late night affair, and even by six it’s shutting down. But there are still plenty of squid on display:
There are a few crabs and some prawns for good measure, but this street is almost entirely squid and octopus. A teuthologist would be astounded, or perhaps horrified, by the variety of squid that you can get here. Some appears to be frozen; most of it is displayed on ice.
The prices seem reasonable but we did not buy any squid. Next time we are up this early!
After a lot of trouble and an overnight stay at LAX that was basically the worst thing that’s happened to us since the railroad station in Siliguri, we are back in Bangkok, tired but happy. The Chatrium’s restaurants have clearly upped their game for the new year:
That does not say “Emptying Tasty Duck” as I first assumed. Somehow we have managed to go a full year without eating at this astonishing restaurant.
Also the rainy season is in full swing, and the Chao Praya is once again full of water hyacinth and garbage boats cleaning it up:
And this blog is renewing its commitment to documenting the reptiles of Bangkok, which is really what’s most important. This gecko was outside the 7/11: