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Every morning, I take one of two paths to my ride to work.  The first is a calm walk through a zigzag of alleyways.  This feels like a small neighborhood tucked away into the city.  These alleys close in so tightly at some spots that there is not enough room for the ever-present Bangkok motorbikes to get around.

The other route is following the main streets to the intersection of two of the major roads in Bangkok.  Under construction for 2 years before I ever arrived in this city, this crossing was dubbed the “Intersection of Death” by several coworkers.  Traffic backups and unpredictability lent a lot of truth to this title.

Recently, the construction of an underpass beneath the intersection has relieved the vast majority of traffic in all directions and made crossing a much more feasible and safe option.  Enough so that these wicker men felt comfortable wheeling themselves straight through the Intersection of Death.