It was not so much the wonderful monuments or the exotic landscapes that impressed me. It was mainly the people, the way they think and live. The way they deal with time, happiness, death, love, religion, everyday life. A very different way, almost diametrically opposed to ours, the European, the Mediterranean, the Greek way.
My three and a half years at our Embassy in Bangkok brought me in contact with the Far East region and those who live there. I tried to understand this corner of the world, traveling, reading, but especially knowing its people. From King Sihanouk of Cambodia to the embassy secretary from China, everyone had something valuable to teach me.
I found this experience impressive and so I felt the need to write down what I noticed. The resulting book is in a sense a travelogue, based on the mentalities of the people. They are impressions, snapshots, I think characteristically, from the years I lived there.