This blog is about walking. Specifically it is about walking in Bangkok, but that’s just because that is where I am right now. The blog will be organised around a series of walks that I will document numerically. Many of the walks will be based on those described by Kenneth Barrett in his 2014 book, 22 Walks in Bangkok.
My thanks to Peter Johnson who kindly gave me his copy. My thanks also to those of you who have or will accompany me on these wanderings. My most constant walking companion to date has been Carmel. My thanks also to our hosts here in Bangkok who have been both kind and gracious as we have wandered around their neighbourhoods. We have tried, and continue to try, to step lightly, smile broadly and be open to new experiences.
“Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.”
Rebecca Solnit – Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Not all the walks here will be about location – some will be about art, music, food, architecture, and the unusual. I will attempt to be as accurate as possible and give clear directions. But, if you get lost, smile and you will find your way home.
“When there is really nothing left to do or believe, except to remember, walking helps retrieve the absolute simplicity of presence, beyond all hope, before any expectation.”
Frederic Gros – A Philosophy of Walking
Photo by Andrew Hill
All photos and text (except where stated otherwise) are the work of Paul Dufficy.