If I had a life motto, I think it would be “There is more than one way to skin a cat.”
The saying feels particularly applicable here in Thailand. Mainly, I mutter it to myself while walking to school when I discover at some point in the night they tore up the road again.
I live about a 35 minute walk away from my school. The trip includes a ride across the river on a water ferry. (Price: 3.5 bahts, or less than 2 pennies.) It took me a few days to find the best route but I’m now fairly confident in my ability to get from Point A to Point B.
Or at least I am when an actual road exists. Either Thailand really likes repaving (admittedly terrible) roads, or it is construction season, or I just happen to have found the exact stretch designated for redevelopment. Maybe all three. But my route to school changes almost every day because someone took a backhoe and tore up the side walk.
This may seem like a minor inconvenience, and in a way it is. Sometimes I dash across the traffic heavy street and just walk on the opposite side. Sometimes I hustle past the construction zone and hope nothing drops on my head. Most often, however, the construction completely blocks the road I planned to turn on and suddenly I find myself stranded.
When I find my route blocked, I either retrace my steps, follow a random stranger who looks equally put out, or blindly start walking and hope I’ll find my way again. It makes for an adventure.“There is more than one way to skin a cat.” Incredibly, I’ve yet to ever get seriously lost. But I’ve also never seen construction like this. It isn’t orderly. It is shouting and dust and maybe one machine with mostly men and women doing manual labor. Things get torn up and left torn up. Then, just when I’m about to give up…wallah! The sidewalk reappears.
At least, sometimes it does.