A Traveler’s Mind

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.

“So it is.”

“And freezing.”

“Is it?”

“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

What it takes to be a traveler? Some may say adventurous, courageous, adaptability, etc. From that scene, I say Eeyore has what it takes to be a great traveler: a positive mind. 😀

We obviously can’t control everything that happens in our life… Traveling is exactly like that. Maybe a tuktuk driver tricked you into an expensive ride, maybe the train you anxiously wait will be late, maybe the place that you finally reached after 6 hours of bus ride is not as beautiful as the leaflet pictures… My advice? Just smile and enjoy the day, because things can get worse. Like Eeyore said, it’s snowing and freezing but at least no earthquake, right?

I was in Nong Khai, a border between Thailand and Laos,  just arrived after 12 hours of overnight train from Bangkok. I was supposed to get on another train there to Thanaleng, a city border on Laos’s side. I was just stepping on the station when I heard the train, which was supposed to depart inIMG_0231 half an hour, will be delayed for another 4 hours. I was devastated, and it came to my mind that maybe it’s just a scam to make money for local tuktuk drivers  or something like that. Sadly it was not… with a limited English, the officer explained that there were some trouble on the rail so the train was late. So there I was, sitting alone in the station, thinking what to do to kill the time. I was bored so I started to stroll around the station when I met four Japanese guys, also stranded in the station because they also want to cross the border. I started to talked to them, and these guys suddenly became my new best friends. We talked and laughed a lot, strolling around the station and see around the small town. When the time comes to get on the train, we get on the train and we even rent a car together to go to Vientiane from Thanaleng. Imagine if I was just sitting sulkily in the station, would it still be like that? 😀


Sit back and think the worse thing that can happen, and be grateful that it’s not happening… Think of one good thing and stick to it; creating a positive mind 🙂

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