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SINGAPORE — Here we are in the tropics again.
This time we’re halfway around the world — about as far from home as we can get. It is hot, 95 degrees, and humidity sometimes reaching 100 percent, and without rain.
It will cool as we head north to Japan.
I’ve done a little reading. We have attended some excellent lectures onboard and have taken all the tours available. So any of you who have read more than two books or been here more than once may be far more knowledgeable than I. Let me know if I am too far off.
Countries in this part of the world have experienced tremendous political change in the past century as empires around the globe shed or lost their colonies. Some have done well. Most haven’t. Democracy has been an unfamiliar concept.
Thailand, which we visited first, is a constitutional monarchy. It has had 17 different constitutions in the past 16 years.
It currently is experiencing what is termed a delicate peace. It is peaceful enough that the cruise line we are sailing felt it sufficiently safe for us.
Rand McNally readers recently voted Bangkok the most interesting place in the world. We disagree. It still is New Mexico.
Then it was down to Singapore, 60 miles from the equator.
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