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A scent of place
And when I arrived in Bangkok for work last fall, I couldn't stop smiling because all the smells I had forgotten about were slamming me. The city mixes a chunky scent stew of frying oil, curry, exhaust, urine, incense, and wet cement. I love it - it's Thailand to me.and I love Thailand. In reverse, when there I'd walk into an air-conditioned Starbucks, with its somewhat sanitized coffee aroma, and feel like I was back in the States.
I usually never noticed these scents when I was constantly surrounded by them. But their sudden appearance out of context (or upon revisiting a place) will jolt my memory completely unexpectedly.
What smells do you associate with a specific place?