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Enjoying last days of the year in solitude

The tsunami in Indonesia wore me down. The mission there was difficult physically and emotionally, even if the trip to the disaster zone was short.

As it is the end of the year now, I am lucky enough to have some time off, and I do not need to run to the office right away. I am using this time to unwind, and get back to 'normal'. I have done this job for a long time, but seeing the total destruction of people's lives, houses, hospitals, schools, roads… does not fail to make me feel uneasy, sad and at times angry.

So yesterday, I treated myself with a walk, a long, long walk to Bangkok's China Town. I tried avoiding places, where tourists go, and got myself lost in narrow streets, often in places, where the time seemingly stopped running. The walk made the trick, and made me feel much better, even if at the end of the day, I had a small scare of the potential tsunami in the Philippines.

I hope that the rest of 2018 will be quiet… Now, gearing up for the New Year's Eve party that is coming already tomorrow!

Happy New Year, everyone!