For those of you who follow International News, undoubtedly you are aware of the ongoing political problems besetting the Kingdom of Thailand.
As a long term resident, I am saddened by the events but I must say I am not especially worried about my own personal safety. Not yet, at least.
The confrontations (so far) have been limited to Bangkok and to a lesser extent Chiang Mai.
Here is Pattaya, life goes on pretty much as normal.
There are decidedly fewer tourists in town than usual but otherwise you'd never know there was a problem (unless you watch the news).
My hope is that cooler heads will prevail and Thailand will again become the welcoming travel destination it has been for many years.
In the meantime, I go about my daily life and I'm thankful to wake up every morning in the land of smiles.