I left off this morning from my previous blog post to a nice long run. Of course I decided to do said run on the hottest day we have had here so far. All the better though, ran the last couple of kilometers with a Kiwi who has been at the gym for the past month. The best part about boxing gyms here in Thailand, especially ones that attract foreigners, is that you get to hear about everyone’s story. I mean, we all travel from across the globe to come to Bangkok, and train like dogs in the hot and humid climate, to ultimately jump into a ring and test our mind and body. Crazy, right? Well, maybe a bit, but being a little bit crazy is OK.
We spent the afternoon at “THE MALL” once again, and actually explored a bit more. One of the things that bothers me is the fact that I’m over 8,000 miles away from home, and I can still go get a hamburger from McDonalds or an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. Globalization, whether it be good or bad, just doesn’t sit right with me for some reason. I would rather spend time in rural Thailand than…..well never mind, I can’t complain. Besides, that subject is beyond the scope of this blog…
Afternoon training was tough this time, started off with some sparring with one of the beastly German guys. I had recently been sparring and clinching with Polish guy who lives in Germany, and happens to be the same weight as me and have the exact same amount of experiences as me. This wasn’t the same guy though, this guy was burly and I think he was relatively new, which is nice as they usually swing their hands like crazy and I can just practice my movement and picking my shots.
We headed back to our hotels to shower up and meet up with our friend Kiate, whom we had the pleasure of meeting through our trainer, Kru Nokweed. Last time I was out here in Thailand, I had the pleasure of meeting Kiate for the first time, as well as his family. It feels like home when I’m around them, and as Kiate would put it, “I have found my long lost sons”. We got to experience some interesting food, which was sort of a Korean BBQ style place, which was a perfect atmosphere. Always a pleasure to spend time with Kiate and his family.
Anyways, it is almost midnight here and we leave for Pattaya at 7am tomorrow morning to get in some beach time( YES! ) and some training at Fairtex. I can’t wait to get a nice cold coconut and just relax on the beach for a bit, assuming it won’t be raining….I’m just going to say it won’t be raining.
So, next update hopefully from the beaches of Pattaya, where the Russian-born mullets in speedos roam, and the lady boys groan……
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