Amazing. I've learned more about the countries in Asia this week than my mind can absorb. I've had a rather provincial view of the southern hemisphere til now. A little while ago I was surfing and caught some of Anderson Cooper on CNN- it was a good show. He interviewed the father of a young man who was visiting a tiny obscure island off Thailand...can't even remember the name of it. He hasn't heard from his son, so he's flying over there and taking a boat (God knows how he'll find one) out to the island to search for his son. I'd no idea so many westerners visited that part of the world...
Prayers to the suffering..
I had no idea, either. When I think about a tropical vacation, I think about the Carribbean. I had no idea so many people vacationed in Southeast Asia.
We know the cities in Iraq and Afghanistan from recent events, and now some of the islands in the Indian Ocean. That is how Westerners learn geography, war and disasters.
I do a lot of wargaming and a couple years ago I was a player in a game involving a good 20 people that was played by e-mail simulating the naval war between the French and British around India during the American Revolution; when we had a battle we'd fight it out in person using miniature ships.
We spent a great deal of time capturing and recapturing Galle, Batticaloa in Sri Lanka, Madras India, etc. from each other. Sort of weird seeing those names pop up in the news.
I'd read some articles regarding the tribes of the Andaman Islands a couple years ago. Really fascinating. They seem quite close to the San Bushmen of Southern Africa in appearance.
Asians in general are very cool people - all of them, in all the glory of their differences, whether sino asians, malay asians or indian asians. I love them all.
They're never supercilious, always interested, wonderfully exotic and couldn't be less like annoying eurotrash.
That has surprised me as well.
I'd no idea so many westerners visited that part of the world...
This is happening in the Northern Hemisphere primarily.
I've had a rather provincial view of the southern hemisphere til now.