Monday, October 1, 2007
I’d like to highlight the most amazing thing about my first day of work at the consular section in Bangkok: people here are happy! I mean, actually happy! Not glum, not dour, not resentful and worn-down-looking, not concentrating on their ailments, trials and tribulations. They smile. Spontaneously, not only in response to a compliment or some ironic statement. And this applies to the officers as well as the locally-hired staff. And it even applies to the visa applicants, even when they don’t end up qualifying for a visa. It is so refreshing. And I think (at least I hope) it might be contagious.