After backpacking from Singapore to the very north of Thailand & back I flew home on an Alitalia flight loaded with Europeans just transiting Singapore on their way to Australia. Of cause after two & a half months backpacking SE Asia I stuck out like a sore thumb, of cause Customs in Sydney naturally couldn’t help but single me out 🙂 No problem, I’m excitedly telling the customs lady all about my adventures & what a great time I’d had & how I’d been right up to the “Golden Triangle” (Opium country) etc etc while she’s checking through everything in the backpack, dirty socks & all when she suddenly pulls out a little bag of WHITE POWDER!!! My heart stopped I suddenly didn’t feel so well 🙁 “Do you recognize this?” she suddenly asks suspiciously, demeanor having changed in the blink of an eye 🙁 I honestly didn’t! “no!” 🙁 , In my minds eye I see myself living in a jail cell for many years, brain working furiously but hopelessly panicked 🙁 . She cautiously cracked open and sniffed the crumpled plastic bag, “washing detergent” she says, my heart starts working again, I can breath again & my stupid brain stops spinning like a top. I then explain to her how I’d totally forgotten packing that before my trip thinking I may have to wash my own clothes at some stage. Of cause you can get your clothes cleaned for a few cents anywhere & the little bag of WHITE POWDER had worked it’s way, very much forgotten to the very bottom of the pack.:)
The “Golden Triangle” Burma to the left Laos to the right viewed across the Mekong River from the Thai shore.