Bangkok

For various reasons - a visa run, a meeting, a vacation - two CE staff and one of our fantastic summer interns find themselves in Bangkok this week.

 Twisted iron behind sheeting.

Twisted iron behind sheeting.

This is a city that has thrown itself open to the world, for good and for bad. A city that usually sparkles with energy, that offers so much to so many is muted. 

Things proceed as usual - Thailand seems very good at getting on with things during times of political instability or violence. Then, as now, the trains run, the food streets bustle, the tuk-tuks clatter around, the shiny malls display the world's best products. But under the surface, everyone is thinking about Monday's bombing, struck by its tragedy, and wondering what comes next.

At the site there are crowds again. Some people to mourn, many to document and some to demonstrate a lack of fear. Tiles are being replaced and paint reapplied. People are praying. Camera crews keep the place illuminated as dusk settles. The police presence is subtle.

In the wake of this abominable crime, we wish for a speedy recovery for the city, comfort for the families of the victims and for justice, reconciliation and above all, peace, to prevail. 

 Tiles being fixed, paint being applied, prayers being offered.

Tiles being fixed, paint being applied, prayers being offered.