I’m living in a Parallel Universe
I have only been to three countries in my travels so far. Every place has its differences. Right now, here in Thailand I feel I am living in a parallel universe.
In New Zealand things are different but most things are totally normal. The biggest differences are they drive on the left, Light switches get pushed down to turn on, and the toilet’s flush so hard I swear they have developed some kind of ultra tiny black hole toilet flushing technology.
Traveling in India I knew I was in a different country. Life there is blatantly foreign to living in Canada. Even attempting to accomplish seemingly simple tasks can take extraordinary amounts of effort. For instance I tried to find a 1/4 inch NC bolt in an attempt to fix my camera’s tripod. Even with the help of a friend who lived in the neighbourhood I was unable to accomplish the task. We tried several “hardware” stores. Or should I say hardware stalls. Because using the description of “store” has too many western associations that come along with it. In india a store could literally be a section of sidewalk that someone uses every day to sell some product.
Do you ever get the feeling like things you knew to be true are no longer that way? This is the feeling that I get in Thailand. Here things are somewhere between New Zealand and India, though it definitely leans more toward the normal side of things.
Yesterday I continued my quest to repair my tripod. I ended up at a location of Big Box Stores that were so similar to the ones in North America, yet slightly different. If you are interested in watching my adventure of trying to repair my tripod the video is below.
The feeling I got reminded me of the Berenstain/Berenstein debate that has recently made the rounds of Internets. I felt I had walked into a parallel world where everything was almost exactly like I remembered it, but not quite. Sort of like the book (Ad: This is a link to Amazon so you can buy a copy of the book ->) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, although not nearly as cool and sexy.
First I ran into the Baan and Beyond store. Inside it was almost exactly like a Bed Bath & Beyond store except this one also had a hardware and paint section,as well as a general merchandise like Canadian Tire would have.
The next store was Power Buy. Inside this resembled a Best Buy.
The third store was the Office Mate. Almost a clone of Office Max
And then the craziest part is they are all connected on the inside. Like they are all one big store.
So have you ever had the feeling that you were transported into a parallel world? And if so can you think of any sort of test to figure it out? Because I still don’t know if I need to find a way back…