The other day, I went to a beautiful flower market on the river where women were making garlands for offerings at Buddhist shrines
and selling all kinds of cut flowers
There were food carts all around the market. This chubby kid was enjoying some grilled chicken
and the fish in the river were going after something edible amidst all the trash
I also saw a nice aluminum jug
After the market I took my first ride in a tuk tuk, which is basically a motorcycle with a cart attached to it. This is what it looks like from inside -
They’re pretty dangerous, but so is walking on the sidewalk and eating street food.
I went to three temples, and saw more Buddhas on the way -
At the entrance to the courtyard of the third temple, a man was selling some pretty dubious, Unbuddhist good luck, offering to set one of his birds free if you paid him a few dollars ransom.
It bothered me, this animal slavery in the guise of freedom, but I tried to assume some of the Buddha’s lofty detachment
and reflect on the folly and beauty of this passing world