It must have been just a level section of dry dusty land which is now being transformed by steel, concrete and glass into a generic hotel and convention type area which could be located just about anywhere in the world.
Just one stop on the Metro from the Airport, it obviously accessible from the city by public transportation as well as being located at the convergence of a couple of multi-lane highways.
A number of the usual suspects have built shiny new hotels in the area – there is a JW Marriott, a Pullman, Ibis, Novotel, a couple of SE Asian chains and a huge four building complex called Worldmarkt.
As I get easily bored on treadmills, I walked around the several blocks more than once both yesterday and today. As I looked at the security fences, gates and guards I realized that none of it bothered me. Not like many of my traveling companions on the last tour. I am sure it has to do with having lived inside the wire on more than one occasion.
Gate guards? Whatever. Armed with mirrors to look under cars? Duh. Metal detectors? Yawn. ID checks? Ok. I don’t have to wear battle rattle and I certainly don’t need a clearing barrel.
Life is good.