Monday, October 1, 2007

Wow: Happy

Posted in Foreign Service Life, Generalities, Thailand, Travels at 5:26 pm by graceandpoise

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.

1 Comment »

  1. stonybloke said,

    That’s a very unusual concept!


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